I love hunters, always have. I've never really had a trained horse so winning is difficult, but I don't care much. I've done everything from AA shows to local and I think it's great. As far a jumpers go, I've done it, but never really liked riding it. I don't like the rushed feeling of the whole thing so when I branch out it's to equation. Plus, my horse isn't at all built to do it, his head is set is way too low.
But yes, the show hunters has many rider that are coasting through on their expensive horses, but I just love the way a traditional hunters look and move. However, many of the trainers, at least on the east coast, don't let their kids school at shows. They school the horses and then, right before they go in the ring, hand the them off. One of the trainers near me find and buys the horse for you. I can see why people would dislike it, but I thrive on this kind of crazy intense competition.