The show will not go on. "Valitar," an acrobatic performance showing the relationship between horse and man, brought down its tent and canceled all future shows due to slow ticket sales, according to the Del Mar Fairgrounds' website.
The world premier of "Valitar," produced by Mark and Tatyana Remley, opened at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, Nov. 16, only three days after "Cavalia" opened at Petco Park.
"Cavalia" reportedly experienced strong ticket sales and added performances through December. It was originally scheduled to end in late November.
"Valitar" featured 20 entertainers and 40 horses under a 45,000-square-foot tent. The show was scheduled to travel to five major cities over the next year and stay in each for four to eight weeks with one month of downtime between each city.
According to "Valitar’s" Facebook page: “Mark and Tatyana Remley, owners of Equustria Development and Valitar, liquidated the business last night and stopped all scheduled 'Valitar' shows. On behalf of the hard-working, dedicated cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring you a great show, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. If you have purchased tickets to a 'Valitar' show, please contact Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 for a ticket refund. We ask that you please be respectful to all the innocent families, individuals, and vendors involved in the making of 'Valitar' when commenting on the Valitar Facebook page.”
Mason Moore, a mountain boarder for the "Valitar" show, commented on the show’s Facebook wall: “Disclaimer: the actions taken and decisions made by mark and Tatyana Remley (Tanya) do not reflect the attitudes and actions of performers and employees of the show. The officially unofficial story us that they closed all accounts for pay, took their house, tack, and feed and left their artists and their horses high and dry. Ticket master will refund tickets. I'm sorry and am bummed. Thus is happening fast for all of us! To Utah I go.”
On Nov. 20, Facebook commenter Jim Warneke wrote on the show's wall: "Beyond the glitz and glamor of the grand touring horse production 'Valitar' sits a pompous and unappreciative event staff. To put together such a large and elaborate exhibition involves hundreds of people over the course of … let's just say not a lot of time. These people include interior designers, upholsterers, carpenters, workrooms, fabric vendors, furnishers, flooring specialists, stagehands, metal workers, painters and more. The one thing all these small businesses have in common is 'Valitar' is stiffing them by not paying for services randered."
Those who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster can call 800-745-3000 for refunds. Those who purchased tickets at the Valitar Box Office can call 858-792-4252.