Historically, Joe, you are in error. The BL developed to put more "excitment" into the TWH show world and it worked. The fact that the stands are empty, and indeed emptied when the BL favorite was a "no show", validates my premise.
At our local show venue, the Henry Ag. Center at Roane State CC, it is a "ghost town" until the BL classes start. Then there is a crowd; a small one, mind you, but a lot more than for Versitility or any of the flat shod classes.
I am not at all happy with this situation, but the reality is that the BL is the stand-filler.