go for it,
I showed my male who was ddr/asl , he did not step out of the ring without getting an RWD, of course always a best man never a groom
I did it because I wanted to learn and he was a great dog to learn with.
I agree , go to all breed shows..I'd start with matches if you can find any, they aren't out there like they used to be years ago.
As for being welcome, well I found the matches are much more welcoming/fun than the shows..There are some that are friendly, others that will ignore you because 'they' have the best dogs
I'll never forget my first show, I had a handler and stayed away from the ring because I did not want to be one of those "double handlers"..Anyhow, Iwas in thegrooming area, dodge was in the ring for BOB, this high profile handlers wife came charging over yelling "who owns that black dog?" I said "I do why?" "oh" and just turned and walked away..Not to friendly, my dog was certainly the "talk" of the ringside that day "who is he?" blah blah blah..He took a RWD over the 'wife's' husband who was handling a well known dog,
Fun while I did it, the politics was ridiculous, learned it, didit, got out of it.
But GO FOR IT!.