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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3 Responses 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!

  2. Willis Douglas says:

    I have been privileged to have known Valerie for over three decades and I am always amazed and proud of her and her ability to constantly self renew and reinvent new socially minded projects touching both animals and humans. She has a talent for melding mind and heart that is not species specific and she simply melds us together with love.
    If anyone has not been to her website: BelievinginHorses.com please hit it up. It will be good for you.
    Here’s how I feel about her work:
    Believing in Horses…there is wisdom and love for the young and timelessness for all…
    This is a great read for all ages. The young will gain insight into a future worth pursuing and feel the connection we all share with our animal companions on our earth. There is wisdom and love and a coming of age quality that will provide a ladder to the future for some and fond remembrance for a journey already well under way for those of us who have been around for a time.

    The characters quickly become old friends who we get to share some tears and lots of laughter with as they journey with the horses into their many adventures. I choose not to give too much away on story content but I will say Sadie and her brother do find some very innovative ways to save many horses as their characters grow throughout the story.

    All five of my nieces, and my nephew, gave a thumbs up to the story…and for all of them to agree on something is a Big Event!

    This is one of those special books that makes almost everyone feel good and glad they took a little time to read. (BTW my nieces and nephew range in age from 5 through 13 and they all loved the read as I myself did. I feel confident anyone who has the opportunity to read Believing in Horses will count the time as well spent.)

    • Thank you so much, Doug! I have no idea why this showed up in my email today…almost six years later! I do appreciate your kind words and taking the time to share your thoughts with others. Love you like a brother. 🙂

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