Touch of Class Award

An artist from Maryland hand-paints each unique Touch of Class Award

Growing up as a horse lover in Maryland, I never imagined I would win an award like Maryland’s Touch of Class Award someday. The Touch of Class Award honors Maryland horses, individuals, teams, organizations, or events that demonstrate national or international excellence. The Maryland Horse Industry Board honored me and my second book, Believing In Horses, Too, for  our winning entry in the 2019 EQUUS Film and Arts Festival Literary Awards.

The Department of Agriculture’s Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) Executive Director Ross Peddicord said, “We have so many talented artists in Maryland – writers, artists, filmmakers, photographers, and more – and Valerie is one of them.”

Valerie Ormond displaying awards leading up to the Touch of Class Award selection

The Board’s official announcement read, “Valerie Ormond’s second novel, Believing In Horses, Too, won a Gold Medal in the Military Writers Society of America Book Awards; 1st Place in The Authors’ Zone Book Awards; Best Y.A. Fiction in the Stroud Arts Book Festival; Best Book in Juvenile Fiction in the Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, and Best Veterans Fiction in the EQUUS Film and Arts Festival Literary Award. Congratulations!”

Past winners of the Touch of Class award have been world champion Maryland horses, mules, and riders. Disciplines have included dressage, eventing, hunters, jumpers, jousting, steeplechase, polo, mounted shooting, rodeo, driving, pentathlon, polocrosse, endurance, therapy, and racing. Individual winners have been barn owners, facility managers, horse trainers, competitors, breeders, filmmakers, writers, and photographers. Maryland established the prestigious Touch of Class Awards program in September 2011.

The award is personally rewarding to me as I see my Believing In Horses books as a coalescence of my horse, military, research, and writing experiences. The Believing In Horses, Too fictional story is based in Maryland and highlights equine therapies, show competition, rescue horses, veterans, and military families. I appreciate the state of Maryland for supporting me and my work with this remarkable touch of class.

“Believing In Horses, Too” available at Amazon in Kindle or Paperback

Paperback Giveaway! Bookstore for Horse Lovers

It’s a celebration now, all right! To honor the global launch of The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, we are giving away a number of fiction and non-fiction horse books signed by the authors!

HORSE BOOKS WRITTEN BY HORSE LOVERS!

We are horse lovers and authors. Each featured author incorporates the nobility, beauty, and unique relationship between horse and human in their writing. Horses have had a profound effect on each of our lives. Thank you for letting us share our stories with you.

WHERE WILL THE STORY TAKE YOU?
There are a number of ways to win, but only one lucky winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 9th.
You must be 18 years of age to enter.
You must love horse books.
The giveaway begins at 9AM EST on September 1 and ends at midnight September 10th.
One winner will be chosen.
Grand prize: assorted and autographed paperback/hardcover copies of fiction and non-fiction books from our authors.
The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries collected during the Entry Period
The winner will be announced on our Instagram @booksforhorselovers on Friday, September 11th.
This giveaway is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

The link to enter is: https://kingsumo.com/g/jfsuls/bookstore-launch-celebration

Good luck!