Valerie 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 children’s 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 proud to have put over 100 people on horses for the first time 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 Southern Maryland Horse Show Association, and the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
She was a mentor, counselor, and leader in the U.S. military for over twenty 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 two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Mass Communication from Towson University, Towson, Md. She is also a graduate of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Executive Leadership Course
She lives with her husband Jaime Navarro, a Navy pilot, in Bowie, Maryland, where they live life to the fullest. They enjoy the company of both of their wonderful families and their three horses, Chance, Billy, and Lucky, and their two dogs, Diego and Princess.
Member since 2011
Region: Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
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