National Geographic : 2007 Nov
> Bettering the lives of horses and people is what drives Ells day after day. "My life is fulfilling because I know that I impact, alter, and transform thousands of animals' and people's lives in the course of my journey here." So what is it about horses that fuels Ells's indomitable spirit? With great feeling, Ells offers this: "Horses are so magnificent, so bold, so courageous ... and like humans, so fragile in many ways. They are the true emissaries of unconditional love. They have contributed so much to humanity, carried countries to war without judgment, helped us build civilizations, been a means of transportation, and have enabled us to hunt for food. Yet they also give humans the extraordinary ability to fly over the earth at 35 miles per hour with an exhilarating sense of freedom." As a woman who does her best to live in the present moment, Ells believes in working toward a goal. "It's important to set a course and to measure one's progress." Ells and her volunteers actively work to raise funds for the sanctuary. "We are determined to expand our educational and therapeutic programs and improve our facility so we can help more horses." In a final thought, Ells, ever the optimist, reveals her compassion and connection to these horses. Her ongoing commitment is to teach our youth that although hardships may befall us, we can choose to turn our tragedies into triumphs. That all sentient creatures have value...and that life is not disposable. Ells quotes Tom Smith, Seabiscuit's trainer, who once said, "You don't throw away a whole life just because it's a little banged up." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Image Collection The Personal Advisors of Ameriprise Financial Financialplanning services and investments offered through Ameriprise FinancialServices, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. The people portrayed are not clients of Ameriprise Financial. Ameriprise Financialand National Geographic are not affiliated. © 2007Ameriprise Financial,Inc. All rights reserved.