I have been debating on showing my horse through AQHA shows, but people have warned me against it due to the "cliquey" mentality. They have also said that the judging is all political, meaning that you don't win unless you're a big name, or the horse is. They have also said it is ridiculously expensive. (Although, I have seen the price tags on fancier hunter/jumper shows, where I'd imagine the people and the prices are especially bad.)
My horse is well-bred, but I am far from famous. Haha. I'm only 16, and I don't come from any barn that is well-known through AQHA.
In your experience, is this at true? I know that you can run into bad people no matter where you show, but wondered if this is especially true in AQHA shows.