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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Equine performers organize new show at Del Mar Fairgrounds after ‘Valitar’ folds


Kenneth Wood, Linda Harris, Julie Krone, Sylvia Zerbini and Richie Waite gather at the home of Melisse Mossy (far right) on Nov. 26 to share support for the former cast of "Valitar" and discuss their upcoming show, "Liberté."
By Claire Harlin
from:  delmartimes.net
November 27, 2012
When Rancho Santa Fe producers Mark and Tatyana Remley pulled the plug on “Valitar” the day before Thanksgiving, the 25 performers of the horse-human acrobatics show were left unpaid, many with no place to stay or way to get home. The show’s 45 horses were also either removed or left without tack or hay.

All having trained for months, and many having dropped everything to move from overseas to Del Mar for the year-long commitment, the performers are still processing the real-life nightmare they’re living. However, they haven’t lost focus of their real dream — to put on a world-class show — and they’ve turned the situation into a “phoenix rising from the ashes story,” as Melisse Mossy described it at a Nov. 26 support gathering for the performers at her Rancho Santa Fe home.

Sylvia Zerbini, a performer and director of equestrian affairs for “Valitar,” with several of the horses from the “liberty” act.
At the gathering, attended by local horse lovers and notables such as world-renowned jockey Julie Krone, the former performers of “Valitar” — once housed in the red, 45,000-square-foot tent erected at the Del Mar Fairgrounds — announced that they have secured a spot at the fairgrounds for a new show. “Liberté” — a show based on humans’ silent communication with horses — is tentatively set for Dec. 7-9 at the fairgrounds equestrian arena.
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http://www.delmartimes.net/2012/11/27/equine-performers-organize-new-show-at-del-mar-fairgrounds-after-valitar-folds/
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