Personally, I'd rather see the underdog. The person who came from nothing, the horse that was thrown away, the Kid nobody believed in, the horse that "wasn't good enough".
Money doesn't impress me, because you see... it doesn't matter what sport it is, someone will always buy their way to the top. Nope, I like to see the people that claw their ways to the top through hard work, guts, heart, and sweat but that's just my opinion.
Well I am an example that it CAN be done if you REALLY want it and willing to throw everything into that one goal.
Horse $250.00..sold cheap beacuse he wasn't energetic enough, but taking a pair of pliers to his feet and being left in a field with no grass in November probably contribted. I "heard" the new horse in their trailer when I was taking my new boy home.
Trainer...none...I used a book.
Conformationally incorrect and had chronic seedy toe, jack spavins and a healed pulled tendon in the front.
What he had was "try" and that you cannot put a price tag on it.
Had to show amid all the gauffaws because he was a part Arab and Arabs were a serious no no.
To top it off....I wasn't looking for him but another horse. I got lost and was asking for directions when I was told he was at the back and for sale so he was in fact a mistake....but he was in my price range.