Horse Book Author Receives Veteran Writing Awards

Author and Book Awarded Top Honors by Two Organizations

Valerie Ormond, author of Believing In Horses and Believing In Horses, Too, won two prestigious military and veteran writing awards in 2019. The Military Writer’s Society of America presented Ormond the President’s Award for exceptionally meritorious contributions to the organization at its 2019 annual membership conference in Albuquerque, NM. And in December at the Kentucky Horse Park, the EQUUS Film and Arts Festival awarded Ormond’s Believing In Horses, Too, its Winnie Award for Best Veteran Fiction.

President of the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Bob Doerr said to Ormond, “Winning the President’s Award requires a lot from a member. It requires dedication, initiative, and hard work. As you know, winning awards is great, but our organization’s primary goal is to be of some benefit to our veterans and their families. I know that is also something close to your heart.

Ormond has volunteered with MWSA since 2013, helping lead veteran writing workshops, assisting with conference planning, and serving as a book awards judge. She also spearheaded MWSA’s Ambassador Program to expand veteran writing workshops from a small cadre to volunteers across the country conducting free veteran writing workshops in their regions.

Regarding her Winnie Award for Best Veteran Fiction, Ormond said, “This award means so much because the EQUUS Literary Awards recognized my book for its support in recognizing veterans and their families. Our military, veterans, and their families often face situations people are unaware of. I hoped to bring that aspect of military life out through this story.”

Ormond is a 25-year Navy veteran, the spouse of a veteran, and the daughter of a veteran. She used those experiences to write the fictional Believing In Horses, Too about a young girl in a military family who matures through her experiences with horses, people, and equine therapy.

Believing In Horses and Believing In Horses, Too are available at and via the outlets listed on the Believing In Horses website. For additional information, review copies, or media inquiries, contact Valerie Ormond at

About Valerie Ormond
Valerie Ormond retired after a 25-year career as a naval intelligence officer and founded her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC. Valerie's novels, Believing In Horses and Believing In Horses, Too, tell stories of a strong-willed young girl overcoming challenges based on her love of horses. Both books won gold medals and first place awards in eight book competitions. Valerie's non-fiction stories based on life experiences appear in numerous books. Magazines, newspapers, and blogs worldwide have also published her stories. For more information, please see her website at

About the Military Writers Society of America
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) exists to help military service members, veterans, their families, supporters, and historians record history and the complexities of military life, and to encourage writing as therapy. The501(c)3 non-profit organization focuses on using the writing of MWSA members to educate the general public, students, and the military community. Learn more at

About the EQUUS Film and Arts Festival
The EQUUS Film and Arts Festival is the leading showcase for domestic and international equestrian content including feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos, commercials, training, educational materials, art and literature. The EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. For additional information, please visit

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