Marilyn I. Schmidt DMV, trained at Cornell from 1974 to 1978. The seventies were the first time in history that women entered the Veterinarian career in significant numbers. Marilyn had a deep love for horses, science and medicine. Veterinary school was the logical place to combine the three. Without much fuss she studied the art and the science of the profession. When she was done she went to work as a horse doctor in the Hudson River Valley. Women were a rarity in equine practice in 1978, so Marilyn’s arrival created a stir. But her straight forward, matter of fact competence soon won the hearts of the Hudson Valley horse people. Before long no one thought twice when the tall gal with hair bundled in an upswept twist arrived to treat the colic, deliver the foal or sew up the wound. They just knew they had a darn good veterinarian who would solve the problem no matter how bad the weather or how late the hour. Marilyn really knew horses, knew first hand what great athletes they can be and the thousands of little things that affect performance. Her study of acupuncture and chiropractic gave her the ability to fine tune her patients for the show ring. Her understanding of western veterinary medicine gave her the resources to treat big threats to life or limb. Many people are skilled in either the western or the eastern arms of medicine. Very few master both. Marilyn was one of those very few. She and her husband and fellow Vet trained many young veterinarians and technicians and educated countless horse owners. They gave back to the profession through their committee work for the American Association of Equine Practitioners. And in and among all this, Marilyn found time to support the St. Clement's Saratoga Horse Show as its show Veterinarian for many years.