I feel like on both sides of the aisle there is entitlement and snobbery.
"Oh I don't have money, but I know how to ride for real, which makes me better"
"I can afford the best: trainers, horses, equipment, which makes me the best"
I mean I grew up with nothing and worked hard for everything I have, and because I got a job, made money and started buying nice, quality things that makes me a "snob" at my barn (to some kids anyways)? Really? I mean my horse cost me nothing and I put all the work on him myself but because I show and have a 4k saddle that makes me better then everyone?
In my opinion I'm only better then you if I beat you in a class, and even that is subjective. Other then that I have no clue whether or not I am better then anyone else. Nor do I necessarily care.
I mean Brianne Goutal would beat my butt at equitation any day of the week, because she can afford the best. Doesn't mean she doesn't know how to "really ride" I bet she can ride the snot out of my horse.
Gordon Wright once told a student to take up swimming because he would never be a good rider, that rider was George Morris.