I will say, however, that I boarded briefly at a stuck up dressage barn. I am not saying anything against dressage folks, but this was a dressage barn and the folks were "above" everything-or so they thought)....and even with a board-people would get off their horses and add an hour to their ride time.....when I had come out to ride based on the schedule I had checked the day before. So guess what-I got on and rode anyway......pretty entertaining to feel their eyes going thru me as I rode my "cow pony" as the BO referred to him. (she loved him....lol) THe one guy actually told me he had trained with "anke...." and he actually had his nose in the air as he said it!
Anyway-these types, at least any I have ever experienced, will never groom their horses in the stall. They would not even consider it. THeir horses will not ground tie, and honestly-cross ties is al they know and can deal with......so many of their horses are just like described above. Rider cannot deal with horse, and only rides for lesson.
Again-I have nothing against dressage, but it does seem to me that there are more folks with this "entitled" attitude in that particular discipline than others I have been around. JMHO
I have had the same experience and I aspire to be one of those upper level dressage riders but to me people are people. I don't treat them any way but with courtesy..may not be able to stand them and groan when I see them coming but they would never know it. I get out of the way if I have to, help people, especially the kids with horses if they need it (even if they ARE rude and can't even say thank you for the help), I clean up after my horse, coil the hose in the wash rack (major pet peeve of mine for people to leave the hose uncoiled) and in most cases I prefer to tack up in the stall so that I DON'T have to move every ten minutes :)
As for a western rider, just don't mess with my dressage letters :)...I get lost.
I happen to be at a very good barn. It isn't super fancy but we have people form early beginners, and I mean 5 yr olds, to older retired folks, some wealthy some no so much but for 95% of us, we talk or at least put with each other..no one has such an attitude that they act like someone else with a less fancy horse is below them. Sure, I could go to a fancier barn with better looking stalls but to me the atmosphere is important. I am not going to take fancy if I am going to be absolutely miserable due to the, ahem "people" that board there as well.
One barn I rode at in a different state wouldn't even accept boarders if they horse they were bringing in wasn't worth at least 30K. I only had a few more months at the place when I found out (was in the process of a military transfer) or otherwise I'd have left. That to me is just ridiculous.
As for Anke..she uses a method called rolkur which is becoming considered as an abusive training method for dressage horses but is a very common practice in Germany..it is starting to be more and more frowned on in the dressage world.