Darth, that was put absolutely perfectly. It's about time that the organization that runs things in the betta world steps up to the plate and recognizes the advancements that have been made. Orange Dalmatians, dragonscales, veiltails, elephant ears, dragonflys (very much hoping this term catches on-IMO they can be more beautiful then true butterfly's), black lace etc etc, which are all undeniably beautiful fish that one organization says aren't good enough because they don't meet standards that they made. I would love some change.
It is not that they are not good enough. It is they are not bred and shown in numbers to make them have their own class worth while. You show the fish in vatiations and that is what I will start doing with my Dragonflys. And to get them established you have to show a lot of them. Maybe get a few others showing them. Then a standard is created and class set up. Remember the other side of a coin. Judging a class takes time and there is the expense of the ribbons and time for registrar to keep up with points. Maybe the cost is not much for ribbons or time.. but it still is there. And if you have never worked a show you have no idea how exhausting it ca be.. so extra classes need to be valid with a good number of supporting entries.
And the standard colors are also part of preserving where the bettas started. Thirty years ago we had red, blue green and cambodian..,. and their mixtures. Now we never see a Cambodian male.. stunning fish and a color I'm working to bring back as it was. So the standards and people breeding to them are preservation for the bettas as well.
I have some ideas about creating some classes to show some of these other fish in, no points, but still a class. Then it is going to be put back on ya'll to see if you will really breed these colors and SHOW them. And I'm trying to get some place for the VT in shows too.. but again, must be to a standard and the already established IBC show colors.For anything to be shown a standard has to be established and a fault system created. Just saying that is a pretty fish and giving a ribbon will not cut it.
I am running for election for the office of President of the IBC. Don't want to get in trouble here.. but as betta lovers and breeders you may be interested in some of my ideas. Here is a link to my platform: http://bettasource.com/ibc2013
It can be removed if not appropriate for this site. As some of you are on the fence about membership in the IBC, you may be interested in the current elections. Voting is from now to June at convention. You do have to be a member to vote, but if you like what I have to say and want the IBC taken that direction, consider joining and casting your vote. And then consider what talents you may have to offer. If you are passionate about these fish we always need local clubs, so lets get one organized. Or maybe you can help put our publication Flare! together or write some articles. Are you a super geek? Could use you help on the web site and we want to use video streaming to allow those not attending shows to "still be there". The IBC belongs to its members. It is easy to criticize from the outside, or even the inside.. the question then becomes what are you willing to do to see some of the changes you want happen? I decided enough was enough and to run for president. How about you?