No worries, I hear you loud and clear.
And my show experience is a long way in the rear view.
The requirement for the "type", the stride and auto changes just priced horses able to do the As right out of the ballpark. I brought along a couple of horses that were fancy enough to do well in the As, but sold them on as green prospects.
It's one of things that drove people to local showing, eventing and to a certain extent, jumpers.
I would prefer that striding not be emphasized the way it is, I had a barn full of nice local quality horses that wouldn't pin at a A rated show because of the striding requirement. So we looked for local venues where the judge would be sympathetic to something safe and suitable laying down a nice trip and adding wasn't penalized.