Second lawsuit filed against producers of ill-fated Valitar equestrian show
Elite Show Services says it's owed more than $65K
Last Updated: 131 days ago
DEL MAR, Calif. - The producers of the ill-fated "Valitar" equestrian show are now facing a second lawsuit.
Security company Elite Show Services say "Valitar" producers Mark Remley and his wife Tatyana, owe them $65,750.
Elite's beef with the Remleys actually goes back about four years. The company said the Remleys not only stiffed them on "Valitar," it says the couple has done the same thing to them before.
10News wanted to know why Elite would agree to work with the Remleys again but a call to the company's attorney was not returned. "Valitar" went dark in late November after just a few performances.
"They did strand the performers and they stranded the horses as well," said Del Mar Fairgrounds spokeswoman Linda Zweig.
A benefit show held in December raised enough money to send all the performers and horses home. Zweig said the Remleys left the fairgrounds in the lurch as well, although she was not able to say how much money they owe the fairgrounds.
The producers also left a large red tent which is taking up dozens of valuable parking spaces in the main parking lot of the fairgrounds.
"At some point, it appears as though that big red tent is going to go up for auction," Zweig said. "But, we don't own it and we can't touch it."
Taking the tent apart will not be easy. 10News video showed photos that were taken when the tent was under construction. It is very sturdy and features an extensive steel latticework frame.
The Remleys filed for bankruptcy shortly after canceling the show. A bankruptcy court trustee is now handling all financial matters relating to the show.
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