For years I rode at a dressage stable on their schooling horses. I decided to take my then racing mare Ferlien(r.i.p) for a lesson, just for a change. When I showed up I had a few people ask about her and when I mentioned she was a standardbred I got the raised eye brow look and even a comment of "Those belong on a track, NOT in a show ring". Grant it the majority of the people there at the time had no problem with her breed whatso ever, but their were a few who made some rude comments.
I use to own a TB. While I was at the race track I was talking to a friend about how I was going to enter him in a w/t dressage class to test the waters and see how he would behave at a show and what not. Her father than turned around and went on a ramble about how all show horses are over priced, accident and injury prone, not worth the effort etc.
In both cases I believe uneducated thoughts and prejudices took over. I didnt take any of them to heart but to see how some people have this hate towards certain breeds or even certain disiplines its bewildering. Sure I have my preferances and what not, but to voice them in such a manner is not how I would go about it.
Also a friend of mine has a retired standardbred. She took him to a dressage show at a local stable. I watched her performance and to my eye, she did really well. She was only doing w/t but from what I could tell she had a near perfect performance. She ended up 6th(2nd last). She was talking to a friend of the family a few days later about the show when he pointed out that she didnt stand a chance to begin with. I guess 2 out of the 3 judges that were there had extreme dislikes for anything that had seen a track. (Btw this wasnt a registered show or anything, more of a "fun day") But even if this wasnt an important show, to know that some people despise a breed or type so much that they would jeopordize placing, its ridiculous.
Has anyone else ever had issues with "breedism"? Regardless if its with your horse, a friends horse, or even a non-OT horse. Any stories?