“SILENT WITNESS” Through the Lens of Shelly Marshall Schmidt

"SILENT WITNESS" Through The Lens of Shelly Marshall Schmidt

The Aiken Center for the Arts featured “Silent Witness” through the lens of Shelly Marshall Schmidt and the written voice of Marti Healy. ( November 1,  through November 30th 2018.) The exhibition is a photographic portait series from the Saratoga WarHorse experience at Aiken Equine Rescue in Aiken, SC.

Shelly and Marti’s creative collaboration gave the public the opportunity to experience this unique bond between U.S. Veterans and off the track thoroughbreds.

Shelly Marshall Schmidt is an international award winning photographic artist.  Marti Healy is a recognized writer, popular columnist, book author and speaker.  The result of their combined insight, sensitivity and compassion for the Warhorse program has allowed the public to witness this unique encounter.


Trust is not inherent, especially after leaving the only lifestyle they have ever known on the race track. PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) was identified in 1980, and has no expiration date.

Joining these 2 souls in a round pen (with a professional horse handler)  creates an unspoken bond of trust, and a way to release each other’s pain. This is the core of the Saratoga WarHorse experience.  Shelly has been able to capture this unspoken bond of trust through her camera lens.


“My husband and I had the opportunity to see and read every description that was paired with  these life size photographs when no one else was there.  It was a truly amazing experience. We both had tears in our eyes when we were finished.” (An Anonymous Gallery Visitor)

The emotional impact of this exhibition is appreciated by both non-equestrians and equestrians of every level.   It is certainly a confirmation that unconditional trust can exist.

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