Horse Enthusiast Valerie Ormond is Today’s Honoree

ValerieOrmondValerie Ormond spent the majority of her adult life as a Naval Intelligence Officer.  The daughter of two English majors, and an English major herself, she always had a great interest in books and writing.  Just prior to her retirement from the Navy, someone suggested she turn an idea she had into a book, and from there her second career began.

A lifelong horse enthusiast, Valerie has enjoyed bringing horses into people’s lives who may not have otherwise been exposed to horses.  She is happy to have put over 100 people on horses for the first times in their lives, ranging from ages one through seventy- one.  She believes in the healing power of horses and is a member of numerous equine-related organizations including the Maryland Horse Council, Certified Horsemanship Association, American Society of Equine Appraisers, National Capital Adult Equestrian League, the American Quarter Horse Association, American Horse Publications, Desire Ministries, and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association

She was a mentor, counselor, and leader in the U.S. military for over twenty-five years.  Her education includes a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn.; a Master of Strategic Intelligence, Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC, and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Mass Communication from Towson University, Towson, Md.  She is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Naval Intelligence Professionals.  She is also a member of the Millitary Writers Society of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

She lives with her husband Jaime Navarro, a career Naval officer, now retired and working for the Navy again in Maryland.  Jaime is the proud father of his son, Paul, and daughter, Stephanie, both college graduates and making it out in the world on their own.  Jaime and Valerie enjoy the company of their wonderful families and friends, their three horses, and three dogs.

Valerie Ormond is a freelance writer who has also had non-fiction stories published in the following books:

Our Voices

The 5 Must-Know Secrets of Success for Today’s College Girl

The Heart of Christmas

Travel Anthology 1:  the Beauty and Inspiration of Travel

Visit Valerie Ormond for more information.

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One Response to Horse Enthusiast Valerie Ormond is Today’s Honoree

  1. Thank you, Derrick, and thank you, Miyoko Hijiki, fellow veteran, for nominating me for this honor. I’ve been blessed to be able to introduce people to both the lives of military families and the horse world through my book “Believing In Horses.” Like many of your honorees, it starts with believing you can do what it is you want to do. Thank you again!

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