Continuous shows all day
Manatee Riverwalk Great Lawn
- "Zorra" - 2014 World Disc Dog Champion
- "Indigo" – 2013 World Disc Dog Pairs Champion
- "Spencer" – 2012 World Disc Dog Pairs Champion
- "Flash" – 2010 World Disc Dog Champion
- "Harley Davidson" – 3x World Disc Dog Champion
Trainer Lawrence Frederick started out playing in human Frisbee competitions until he discovered the disc dog world in 1991. Now, not only are Lawrence and his team of incredible dogs the most widely recognized Frisbee Dog Team in the world, (with a world record 64 World Finals appearances) but he made history each time by achieving the following: first human to compete with two dogs at the same time in the World Frisbee Dog Championships in 2003; first human to compete with three dogs in the same year in the World Frisbee Dog Championships in 2006; & then again in 2007; first human to compete with 4 dogs in the World Frisbee Dog Championships in 2008; first human to compete with five dogs in the same year in the World Frisbee Dog Championships in 2010; first human to compete with seven dogs in the same year in the World Frisbee Dog Championships in 2011; and topped it off with nine (9) different dogs at the 2014 World Frisbee Dog Championships!!.
Additionally, in 2014, Zorra became Lawrence’s 3rd different Overall Disc Dog World Champion by winning the 2014 World Championships, thus becoming the only human to have that distinction too! As a dog lover, and a former human Frisbee World Champion, Lawrence travels around the world sharing his expertise and wowing crowds as part of the Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Dog Team.
This internationally acclaimed professional Frisbee dog touring show (with over 8,400 different shows to their credit) is comprised of some of the best Frisbee Dogs on the planet. (Including 15 different World Finalists) This team has performed all over the world in the past 25 years at all types of events; including Paris, France; Assen, Holland, Hannover; Germany, Bagnacavallo, Italy; Santiago, Chile; Caracas, Venezuela; Acapulco, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; Bogota, Columbia; Tokyo, Japan and just about every state in the US. You may have also seen them on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Kathy & Regis, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Good Morning America, Animal Attractions, Sabado Sensational, etc...)
All of their shows are family oriented; carry a message of fun, athleticism, canine bonding, and promote dog rescuing. Their routines are choreographed to music, defy the normal relationship between man and canine; and leave even the oldest of children with a smile on their face and in their heart. And to make it even more interesting; all of the dogs are “rescue” dogs, meaning they have come from either abandoned, homeless, sheltered, humane society, etc. backgrounds. Their individual stories are almost as interesting as their performances. We promise you will be laughing and clapping in awe at the tricks these dogs perform.
Through performances with his canine team, Lawrence hopes to not only entertain but to also show audiences that any dog can become incredible if they are well cared for and shown the love and attention they deserve. Lawrence spreads the message that dogs are truly a blessing, and he encourages everyone to rescue an animal because it brings so much happiness to both the owner and their new best friend.
When Lawrence and his team aren’t competing in world championships or appearing at half-time shows or other presentations world wide, they spend time doing volunteer pet therapy at the local Children’s Hospital Wards, Convalescent and Assisted Living homes in their hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. Although Lawrence has traveled the world and met millions of people and dogs, he prides himself most on the fact that he has never met a dog that he couldn’t get along with.
This wonderful four-legged faculty will be performing throughout the day at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, and at 6:15 p.m. with a special "Meet & Greet" opportunity. DON'T MISS IT!