I was a groom for a friend of mine, she was competing at the Grand prix level, anyway it was my first BIG dressage show that wasn't a "fun" show, very serious. The barn was a four star horse barn that didn't smell or look like one. They had mexican hands that lived in the trailers out back. They were the ONLY ones nice to me. Everyone else, even the barn manager ignored me. I would be making eye contact with them and they would just look away, even if I asked them a question!
It was a three day show and I got treated SO bad that I cried everynight in the horse trailer. One girl had a horse that they imported from Germany that was trained for 5 years in Dressage by a well known trainer, and the girls parents let her go over to Germany to pick this horse out. Long story short I was watching her ride and the horse didn't do some move right (was a beautiful horse) and the girl flipped out, the mom was mad at the horse also and told the trainer to sell it. That was what did it in for me, it was like something off a movie. I didn't really think people were like that.