RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS
FEB. 8, 2013
Council signs off on 10/20 run By Jared Whitlock
PRE-AUCTION FUN From left, The Bishop’s School annual auction Co-chairpersons David and Tina Thomas, Head of School Aimeclaire Roche and Co-chairpersons Janna and Marco Monroy, celebrated at the Jan. 26 The Bishop's School Tastings Party, which launched the school’s annual fundraising auction season. The event was held at the La Jolla home of Dawn and Sam Maywood. All wine, donated by guests during the event and valued at $100 per bottle or more with a rating of 95-plus points, will be auctioned during the upcoming The Bishop’s School annual auction Baja Knights, set for April 20. Courtesy photo
Remnants of Valitar production go to highest bidders in auction By Bianca Kaplanek
The gigantic red tent that has infamously graced a large section of the Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot for more than four months will soon be gone. The 45,000-square-foot structure, valued at approximately $1.3 million, sold for $85,000 at a Jan. 29 bankruptcy auction. Although there were no minimum bids on any items during the two-and-a-halfhour event, auctioneer Jeff Bloom, from Fischer Auction Company, tried to kick things off with $200,000 but there were no takers. Someone finally shouted $55,000 and bids inched up from there until it came down to two potential buyers. Duane Ward, who works in the event industry in Orange County, beat out David Brand, who planned to ship the tent to Arizona. “I think it’s great,” Ward said of his purchase price of $85,000. His immediate goal is to get the structure out of the parking lot within the required 10 days. After that he plans to sell the tent for about half its original price tag. “There are a lot of viable options,” he said. “I don’t have a solid plan. It could go to a church.” Ward must pay to dismantle and remove the structure. David Brand, who was bidding against him, said he received an estimate of $250,000 for the job. A stable tent went for $57,500, while one used by performers sold for $23,000. The concession and VIP tents took in $24,000 and $15,000, respectively, and someone bought all five entrance tents for $1,500 each.
David Brand (left) congratulates Duane Ward on his purchase of the enormous Valitar tent. The two volleyed back and forth for the item about a half a dozen times before Ward outbid him with an $85,000 offer. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Other items auctioned off included everything from feed buckets, wheelbarrows and horse stalls to furniture, fire extinguishers and floor mats. Even the performance sand, which is treated to minimize dust, was up for grabs. The everything-must-go event attracted 93 bidders to the tent, where the auction was held, and another 91 watched and participated online. It took in about $300,000, which will be turned over to a bankruptcy court to pay off creditors of Equustria Development Inc. That’s the company created by Mark Remley to produce Valitar, a horse-andhuman acrobatics extravaganza for which the elaborate tent facility was built. Originally planned to run 50 shows in Del Mar from Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 before heading out on a 10month, five city U.S. tour, Valitar was unexpectedly canceled after only four public performances because of
poor ticket sales. Equustria Development filed for bankruptcy in midDecember, and the company is now being sued for millions by vendors and former employees who claim they weren’t paid. The fairgrounds received $100,000 upfront from Equustria for use of the parking lot, as well as all parking revenue and75 percent of gross concession sales for the four performances that did take place. The fairgrounds housed and cared for the show’s horses until a benefit performance was held to fund travel expenses so the animals and their owners could return to their homes. Fairgrounds manager Tim Fennell, as well as the site’s attorney, were on hand for the auction. Fennell was a successful bidder for one of the smaller tents and a few other items for the fairgrounds Linda Zweig, the facility’s media relations director said.
With a 3-1 vote, Council gave the “10/20 run” the green light at their last meeting. Because organizers have also received approval from Del Mar and Solana Beach, the race is a go. The race, slated for Feb. 16, 2014, will take an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 participants from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Chesterfield Drive in Encinitas, and then runners will turn around and head back on the same path to the fairgrounds. Along the route, live bands on 20 stages, six of which are in Encinitas, will play tunes to motivate runners. Both directions of Coast Highway 101 will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m. for the event. Race organizers plan on donating $10,000 to nonprofits in each of the three cities. In Encinitas, the Cardiff Mainstreet Association was chosen as the beneficiary. Last summer, Council asked race organizers to address traffic and other potential issues for businesses on “restaurant row” on Coast Highway 101. Council indicated they were satisfied with the answers, however, brought up fresh concerns about the race being within several weeks of the Cardiff Kook Run, which has been held in early February for the past two years.
A race map for the “10/20 run,” which received approval from the Encinitas City Council Wednesday night. Courtesy image
Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer, who voted against the motion, proposed Council refrain from action in order to also receive input from Cardiff Kook Run organizers. But Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar said 10/20 run organizers had already waited one year for approval, and it was unfair to ask them to hold off again, especially since that could potentially delay the event. “I’m going to end up supporting this because I think it’s a good thing for the com-
munity,” Councilman Tony Kranz said, adding that he hopes organizers consider ending the race south of Chesterfield Drive, as businesses and residents in the area could be impacted more than others. Mayor Teresa Barth recused herself from the vote. The California Fair Political Practices Commission said she shouldn’t weigh in on the race because her condo is within 180 feet of the race course.
The edition of The Rancho Santa Fe News for the week of Feb. 8, 2013.