Your fish are all so beautiful!! Can't we petition the IBC (or whoever) to allow the VT in again??? It's so not fair! Just b/c a certain type was "overbred" (or whatever) for the pet trade, doesn't mean they can't be beautiful, healthy fish! Many dog breeds are bred to the point of unbelievable health problems, but the AKC still lets them compete. Once a breed in in the AKC, they aren't kicked out. I imagine it's the same with other animals that are shown in conformation competitions.
In my opinion betta finnage has evolved (or mutated...however you want to look at it) beyond what we first called a show betta years ago. So there just isn't large enough of a market (or fan club...again, however you want to call it) for VTs.
I'm perfectly fine in agreeing to disagree however....as VTs are a style which is subjected to people's choice. And there's no room for debate here other than voicing an opinion. Mine too...is just an opinion.
If there wasn't a market for them I wouldn't be raising them and the overseas breeders wouldn't be shipping them to pet stores nation wide. In Europe they have a Veiltail class in their shows. Here I think people have just moved on to the more popular types. If there were more people sending Veiltails to the show they would have to make a division for them.
It's funny how even a fish type can "fall out of fashion". It's just snobbery that since retailers sell them, that the IBC won't have a class for them. Gee, I wonder which type will be the next fad? I just gave up on a thread about how EE's shouldn't be bred b/c they "look silly and can't swim properly". Oh good grief! I think we should breed for 1. healthy fish; and 2. beautiful fish that people will really get excited about, and will WANT to take care of, regardless of tail/fin type. Chard, you have some gorgeous fish there!! (I know, I bought some!)