Good Question: How do athletes make it to the World Equestrian Games?

When the World Equestrian Games kick off this weekend, 58 different countries will be represented with all of them vying for the title of best in the world in their discipline.

For many of us unfamiliar to the games we liken it to the Olympics.

Good Question: How do athletes make it to the World Equestrian Games?

Come this weekend the Kentucky Horse Park will be home to nearly 900 athletes and some 1300 horses competing in the World Equestrian Games and like any competition there are some fierce rivalries.

In fact, Australia, Canada, Germany and the U.S. are all rivals.

All four countries have teams competing in all eight events.

As the world's best riders and most skilled horses compete for the title of champion, we wondered how did they make it to the World Equestrian Games in the first place?

Riders go through a rigorous selection process during the four years leading up to each competition.

WEG officials tell us each participating country puts together a team of the very best equestrians in their discipline.

Each discipline has their own qualifications and trials and many wait as long as possible to choose horses and riders who are in top condition for the games.

As for who leads the way as the best of the best in terms of medal count?

Germany has racked up 46 metals total with 21 of them gold, followed by the U.S. and France.

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