Grand Prix Equestrian event honors veterans served by R4 Alliance members

The Grand Prix Equestrian event was hosted by Blenheim EquiSports on Aug. 29 at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar. The event honored all U.S. military veterans who benefit from the services provided by R4 Alliance member organizations (, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charity that facilitates the rehabilitation and reintegration of veterans suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and MST (military sexual trauma) through recreational therapy.

A highlight of the event included a ceremonial demonstration by the Frontier Army of the West, 2nd U.S. and 8th Illinois Cavalry Regiments ( and a vocal performance by Mercedes Martin-Raya of the National Anthem. A customized jump featuring the American flag was included in the $50,000 prize money course, as a tribute to the 155,000 veterans served by the R4 Alliance members.

Photos by McKenzie Images.