With the summer heat, July also brought our first freestyle demo of the year. Once again we were to perform at the Brimfield Farmers Market/Family Fun Day in MA. There were demonstrations, live music, vendors, and of course fresh produce. It's a small event, but oh so nice. We were so happy to be invited back, and what a great turnout - 10 freestyle teams performing this year!
Tripp & I debuted our new routine to "Jump" by Van Halen. Well, most of it. Admittedly, it is very new, and we had practically no rehersal of the entire thing to music - just been piecing together the moves. So considering everything, I guess we didn't do too badly. Unfortunately, near the end, he flew over my head (right) then flew out of the ring (wrong). At least I learned not to aim him at the exit for that move! LOL But it was all over after that. Distractions abounded, and my patience dwindled. He continued to ignore me after I finally got him back in the ring, so I had to remove him. At least it was almost over, but I was bummed that we didn't get to finish properly. I am just thankful that the rest of the routine was impressive enough that people seem to remember that, and not the frustrated handler giving up and walking out. Hey, I'm only human.
Hopefully, we will do better next time. We have less than a month to practice (and a very busy schedule) so I'm not expecting perfection... but it'd be nice to at least finish it. ;-) Next demo also coincides with an AKC rally trial, so crossing fingers that Tripp has better focus!!
The PomPoms also performed as the grand finale. Again, with little practice together, and a brand new member, I must say we pulled it off pretty decently!
There were several photographers snapping pictures of everyone, obviously a talented bunch both in and out of the ring - they captured many beautiful shots of each team. Here are a few favorites of "Team TnT". (Click the pic for larger view and info.)