Oh you nailed it here. I have run into this over and over. You aren't known in the circle so you couldn't possibly be a serious breeder. Just buy an outstanding bird and move on. That's the answer to trying to improve and learn with what you have. Not actual experience and tips from someone who has that knowledge. If you don't send dues to 30 different clubs you must not be serious and thus not worthy of their time. Is this relevant to the conversation? Maybe, maybe not. But I do see it as a facet of the problem.Now you go to a show and try to talk to a lot of breeders and they don't want to waste time talking to a no body. They come off as a better then you attitude and snobbish. They act like their part of the school and school isn't taking on new pupils.
Its egos and attitudes there's no passion to pass the torch and get the next generation passionate. And the next generation don't seem to mind much.