"I wanted to work on a horse farm."

"The summer going into high school -- I was 13 -- I decided I wanted to work on a horse farm. ... I remember first avoiding the young woman who operated the show barn. ... There was nothing attractive about her. Her hair seemed greasy. She had pimples. I thought she was just ugly. My reaction was almost recoiling from her, avoiding her.  ... But I soon learned that Ella knew everything about horses, and she was willing to share that knowledge. I recognized that I enjoyed listening to her, asking questions, and eventually I sought out her company."

- Penny Young Carrasquillo, 1973

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