I see it like this...
English Jumpers think that Western Barrel Racers aren't good riders. Western Barrel Racers say that the Jumpers only have look pretty.
Cross country champs think us measly little 'pleasure' trail riders aren't any good. We little trail riders think they are too much into the competiveness.
It's all opinion, all what you as a individual like, and ALL WHAT YOU AND YOUR HORSE CAN DO TOGETHER.
Now y'all, I don't mean all barrel racers, trail riders, XC champs, and Jumpers are like that. But the ones that are HIGH HIGH HIGH up in what they do, tend to be.
Now me, I've been on both sides of the fence. I currently barrel race, I pleasure trail ride, I've jumped, and I've ridden XC a lot. It has all taken skills, practice, and a passion. I have found English isn't for me, but that may not be true for someone else.
English girl/guys to tend to be more 'city'. "Cowpokes" seem more... well... WESTERN! I enjoy western because it's more relaxed, and it seems not to take such intense training. My Jumpers were schooled, schooled, schooled. My speed horses run the pattern once a month.
I love to jump, and occasionally do it with my western mares and geldings. But, the 'Rivalry' comes from one thing;
I love a good western ride to relax. Some love a good English training session. You have that 'English is great' and that 'Western is so much more fun than English' attitude.
Anyway, that's just my honest opinion. I respect English riders, and hope they respect me.
Cheyenne, QH Paint Trail Mare. Happy Trails, Y'all! Twister, Appaloosa Barrel Horse. Turn 'n Burn! These 2 horses stole my Heart!