Backstage Drama Behind Cancellation of Valitar? Show was at Fairgrounds

Horse show that opened Friday was set to run through the end of the month under big red tent.

Producers of a touring horse and acrobatics show that opened at the Del Mar Fairgrounds canceled their remaining shows amid lackluster ticket sales, the fairgrounds said.

Valitar, which featured more than 25 entertainers and 50 horses of various breeds, opened Friday and was set to run through the end of the month under a red 45,000-square-foot tent.

The show was created by Mark and Tatyana Remley, a native San Diegan who stars in the show.

U-T San Diego reported that cast member Darren Zatkow said he left the show in late September over artistic differences with the Remleys, “such as making Tatyana Remley the star of the show.”

“She’s not a good horse rider and he wanted her to be the star of the show and all of us to kowtow to her,” Zatkow was quoted as saying.

Zatkow said many of the original performers left for the same reasons before the show opened in Del Mar, the U-T reported.

Valitar also was going up against a similar equine show called Cavalia near Petco Park.

Tickets to Valitar were offered at 15 percent discount. Refunds for tickets bought through Ticketmaster, which ranged from $45 for kids weekday admission to $225 for a weekend or holiday VIP pass, are available by calling 800-745-3000, Linda Zweig of the fairgrounds said Thursday.

Those who bought tickets at the box office should call 858-792-4252
for a refund.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Libi Uremovic November 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
i doubt attendance was low because of creative differences with the staff... "...ranged from $45 for kids weekday admission to $225 for a weekend or holiday VIP pass...'' when pricing entertainment i always use the 'disneyland standard' ... is this show twice as entertaining as the happiest place on earth..?
Victor H. November 23, 2012 at 04:41 AM
For us horse lovers, having Valitar and Cavalia running at the same time in San Diego at the same time is just too much. Both shows are expensive. Now, I know to aim for Cavalia given that Valitar is cancelled. I saw a Cavalia production about 10 years ago in Berkeley, and it was just plan fantastic. Sitting around knowledgeable horse people that night was a plus.
M.W. November 23, 2012 at 07:59 PM
mark and tatyana left town in the middle of the night owning lo tof vendors a lot of money. What are we suppose to do now?
Imperial Beach Resident November 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
CAVALIA is absolutely stunning. You will not be disappointed. The interaction between the humans and the horses is incedible. You can eel the respect each has for the other. I obtained tickets at a very reasonable price after placing an ad on Craigslist. Call 408/401-2981. There are no bad seats for any Cirque performance so don't spend money on the most expensive floor tickets.
Doug Curlee November 24, 2012 at 01:22 AM
actually, it's kinda vindication for those of us who think horses are really only good for chasing cows.. (sorry.. i rodeo'd a bit when i was younger and more foolish than i am now..) doug
Imperial Beach Resident November 24, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Wow, Rick. Where did THAT comment come from. Guess you won't be seeing this show as your "standard" is pretty low and El Cajon Blvd. based. Bet your momma is really proud of you.
Valerie November 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I have contaced Nicky at Falcon Ridge horse rescue they are working on finding out how bad the situaltion is.
Ed Sorrels November 25, 2012 at 05:39 AM
But I bet you didn't ride the Liipizzaner's when you cowboyed, Some horses are just plain beautiful to look at, and watch preform. I sure wish I could afford it when they come to town But these kind's of show's are jujst to damn expensive for the majority of folk's. I get my horse fix up at the track (Del Mar) when the hunters and jumpers are in town, That is affordable ! That is till they sell the fairground's to Del Mar then even the fair is going to cost to much to go to !
Darlene Janssen November 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I could sure use some advice on how to get a refund! I purchase tickets from the box office directly, not ticketmaster. The box office is gone, no answer on phone, and not returning calls! Management at the fair grounds gave me a complete run around. It was awful. they were defensive and unhelpful. adding insult to injury
Jack November 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I just feel bad for the people who got stiffed / screwed.Hopefully the Remleys find it in there heart to make good with there depts/ responsibilities , hold a respectful news conference with a sincere apology ....and simply move out of town quietly. Jack, central coast.
SEG November 25, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'm so sorry that they had to cancel the rest of the shows. I would have loved to go, but, I assumed that the tickets were going to be much to high for my pocketbook. Two horse shows at the same time again was to much for most people, besides with all the biggest holidays at the same time. I don't know who set all these dates, but, wrong time of the year. The way our economy is, to lower the price so most could go is better then no show at all. Oh, How I had wished that I could have afford to go and take my friend and her 6 year old daughter. For me it would have been a chance in a life time since I'm a senior citizen.
Carol Ochs November 26, 2012 at 05:09 AM
I won tickets to Valitar on their Facebook Contest for a VIP package and my husgband and I went the weekend before Thanksgiving. LOVED the show. WE were totally spoiled int eh VIP lounge with royal treatment, appetizers, drinks...but couldn't help wonder *WHO* is paying for all these freebies? Feel really badly for all the performers and horses now in limbo!!!
John Smith November 26, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Hopefully you used a credit card to purchase the tickets in which case you can have the charges reversed...
SEG November 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Congratulations on your win! What a fun time you both must have had. Yes, I'm jealous! It's the Marketing people for Valitar that should feel guilty if their performers, venders etc. ect. ect. are now out of work. If it wasn't for the Month and the price of the tickets they would all be working. What a shame!!!!
Eva Russell November 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I wonder what the fate of the horses is, does anybody know where they are and if they have homes or are in need of homes
SEG November 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM
This Company is probably booked for the year or more. They will just go on to their next performance. This will probably just give them a break.
BW January 01, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I saw Valitar and I have to agree with Mr. Zatkow. Tatyana Remley was the most out of place individual in the entire show. Literally EVERYONE else was in for the spirit of the show and they did amazing and entertaining performances. Remley, however just pranced around on a horse with a serious case of "Look at me" that was a real turn off. At least twice she came out doing essentially the same thing and it sort of turned my stomach it was so obvious. It had "I wanna be int the show" written all over it. Kudos to the rest of the cast for putting up with that garbage - you are all better people than I 'cause I would have expressed my opinion and then left as did many so I read.
allthatca January 29, 2013 at 01:04 AM
What disgusting excuses for human beings....to drop that show without ANY regard for the performers OR even the horses????? The entire farce was just to give the trophy wife something to do. ANYBODY can ride a horse around in circles. How LAME to open at the same time as Cavalia....shame on you....move to another country and stop behaving like losers.


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