upcoming events

Presenter at military writers society of america (MWSA) conference with kathleen m. rodgers – writing through doubts and discovering available resources

sat., aug. 27, 10:00 am

higgins hotel, new orleans, la

recent events

Author visit at Centennial Middle School, chandler, AZ

Tues., feb. 1, 2022

book signing at freedom hill horse festival’s spirits & steeds 2021 festival

Valerie Ormond at book signing for Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Spirit & Steeds Festival

Valerie Ormond has appeared at a variety of venues including large book festivals, major speaking engagements, professional seminars, and personally-requested book signings. Following are a sampling of past events, with clickable links for more information:

“Marketing for Those Who Hate to Market” Session for Military Writers Society of America Workshop, December 2020

Panelist, Presenter, and Moderator at Military Writers Society of America 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Conferences

Two-time Speaker at Annapolis Book Festival

Speaker at Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference – “Leading Beyond the Saddle”

American Horse Publications – Panelist, Book Publishing Seminar

South County Senior Center – Speaker, The Road to Write

Loftmar Stables Summer Camp – Facilitator, Horse Story Writing Workshops

Nantucket Elementary School Horse Book Club

Desire Ministries Horse Club – Book Discussions

Book signings at bookstores, Calvert County Library Local Authors’ Festival, Muddy Creek Artists’ Guild, Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center’s Urban Roedown, the Maryland State Fair, Pomona Horse Expo, and more

Tailored book signings for Girl Scout Troops, Brownies, and other small groups

Books Alive with Reed Moore – Talk Show format discussion for school-aged audiences presented with her brother, a career educator, and the developer of Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses





School Visits

Valerie is available for school visits throughout the year. Please see a sample program (including Read-Alouds from the book and “Closure Tickets“) and an Author’s Interview for a school visit. Shebra Evans, Harmony Hills Elementary School PTA President, had the following to say about a visit to her school’s Book Fair:

“Valerie Ormond, the author of Believing in Horses, gave a wonderful presentation along with her brother, Edward Ormond. The audience was captivated as the two brought the book to life with their interactive presentation.”

Please contact Valerie if you are interested.

Enrichment Activities

The Discussion Guides and Activities included in this web site are highly recommended to enrich your reading experience. Linda Barnhart, an educator with over 25 years of experience, had the following to say about them:

“The planning guides are tiered and structured to allow educators and the home schooled the time to enjoy the instruction effortlessly. The interdisciplinary activities extend the students’ abilities across all curriculum areas.”

These are provided free of charge under the Discussion Guides/Activities page.

Due to popular demand, a teacher’s guide, Teacher’s Tack for Believing In Horses, is now also available for purchase. For more information, please click here.