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Epic fail: Valitar horse show plays out disastrously in San Diego




A promo shot from Valitar, the epic, or epic fail, horse show in San Diego whose performers and vendors are still owed millions from the producers, Mark and Tatyana Remley.
A promo shot from Valitar, the epic, or epic fail, horse show in San Diego whose performers and vendors are still owed millions from the producers, Mark and Tatyana Remley.
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In UT-San Diego, reporter Peter Rowe writes:

Valitar, set in a fantasy kingdom of sleek stallions and acrobatic equestrians, was touted as a matchless spectacle. Even before the Nov. 16 “world premiere” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Rancho Santa Fe producers were planning a U.S. tour. “It’s like Cirque du Soleil with horses,” co-producer Tatyana Remley told a television reporter, “but it’s its own type of show.” What type of show was it? A disaster. 

The Remleys closed Valitar after just five performances, leaving employees and vendors in the lurch, and the lawsuits have begun.

As Rowe told me in our interview, millions of dollars are still owed. "They promised this was going to be a spectacle beyond the likes of anything we'd ever seen in San Diego," Rowe said, "And in a certain tragic sense, they redeemed that promise. We've never seen anything quite like the disaster that was Valitar."

In this case, Yelp! contributors seem to have gotten it right:

Rowe says the Remley's refused repeated interview requests.

If you want to see a real horse show, try Odysseo, the Cavalia spinoff, in Burbank through April.