As to HERDA again it has weight and it is added into the breeding equation. Since it is very very much different they HyPP to me it carries A LOT less weight when I am looking into breeding.
You and I agree on most things, but as you know we disagree on this issue, and have for many years.
It's OK to disagree, and I respect your opinion. However where you justify the use of breeding a HERDA carrier based upon its performance and your knowledge not to breed it to another carrier, I view things differently. As long as the playing field is level, competition is fair, and based upon the best horse, best, training, and best riding. If there were no HERDA carriers competing, the playing field would still be level. Same with HYPP and halter. Same with racing Thoroughbreds. Competition should be based upon equal footing and a level playing field - not upon whether a particular horse is bulked up or performs better due to a negative genetic issue that can be passed on.
If no HERDA carriers were permitted to compete, the competitive nature of the discipline would not be compromised - there would just be a particular class of horses eliminated. Same with halter - if HYPP H/H and N/H horses were not permitted to compete, the discipline would be just as competitive - moreso, actually. Same with Thoroughbreds. If the poorly bred horses with unsound feet, joints, and bones, were not permitted to compete, breeding practices would change but races would be just as exciting, albeit perhaps a couple tenths of a second slower.
Competition should be a judge of horse, trainer, and rider. The best horse trained the best and ridden the best, should win. If that horse has a genetic fault, it cannot by definition, at least in my opinion, be the best horse.
Just a different way of looking at things...