Jaydee, I've done my fair share of competing, and yes of course there are the minority who are like that.
But they're in all English discplines, and I am to assume that they also exist in Western competition too.
So again, you cannot tarnish Dressage riders with that brush, because it's actually the minority who fit your description.
As I've said many, MANY times on this forum - very few of us actually have a 'ready made' horse. My current horse is a well bred warmblood, but I certainly didn't pay huge figures for him - why? Because the previous owner was scared of him - he spooks, bolts and gets shocking seperation anxiety.
The people who I compete with an against are 99% in the same boat. I ride with school teachers, receptionists, payroll staff, retail staff, and most of them have worked extremely hard to afford what they have.
And VERY few of us look 'perfect' day in day out. This is a load of rubbish - maybe US Dressage riders are far more 'snobby' than Australian Dressage riders?
Ok and colour me confused. FIRST we are chastised for those Dressage riders on the board who claim that Dressage is the basis for ALL riding, all of the basic work that we do in whatever discipline you ride is Dressage.
NOW, when it suits you - those of us who say no, Dressage is NOT the basis of all riding, you don't have to ride Dressage to be successful in other discplines - particularly the Western discplines - are deemed snobby because we don't want to 'share'??
Juice box, anyone?