The programme is unique in equestrianism as all riders must compete on borrowed horses. This removes a barrier to participation as students do not need to own a horse. In addition the riders must compete in both dressage and show jumping with the combined scores making up the final result. As other equestrian events it is a mixed competition.
Over 160 teams take part in the BUCS Equestrian competition with first teams taking part in the Championship and second, third and fourth teams in the Trophy. The mini league winners progress to regional rounds, after which the winners of these go on to the national finals.
Both Cardiff University and Metropolitan train at Triley Fields on a regular basis. With Cardiff University winning the Varsity Champions 2019