First, I have searched under this topic and found little which surprises me as I am sure the issue has been discussed before. What are people's feelings about TB-specific classes at shows? I know about the NATS and have seen a class or two at the local shows (in PA) and know that VA Horse Park has their series. What about the rest? I live in a strong TB area and am conversant with the whole OTTB dilemma, so why aren't TB-specific classes more common, or are they?
Well, if you search on here, there's even an entire show series for OTTBs now. (Or at least have been in race training, so not for show-bred TBs.)
On the one hand, it's good because it gets more exposure for OTTBs as show horses, which is good because there is pretty much a never ending supply of horses in need of new careers who get overlooked for one reason or another.
OTOH, many people have objected to creating a TB "ghetto". And/or pointed out the irony how there used to be specific classes for NON-TB horses.
If you search for the threads about the show series at the VHC, you'll see a lot of the pros and cons discussed.