In 2013, HAC Polo set up the HAC Vittorio Veneto Team, named after one of the Regiment’s illustrious First World War battle honours and made up of former serving members of the HAC Regiment:
Lieutenant (Retired) Julian Bowman (Handicap -1)
Julian served for 15 years in the active unit of the HAC starting as Trooper in 1 Squadron and being commissioned after serving as Squadron Sergeant Major (WO2). He was instrumental along with Stuart Atkinson in setting up HAC Veterans polo team in 2013 and continues to play regularly with both the HAC Veterans team and the HAC Saddle Club.
Lance Corporal (Retired) Ben de Rivaz (Handicap 0)
Former captain of the regimental team Ben typically plays at No. 3. His home club is Ham and he has played for the British Army Hackett Polo Development Team winning best player at the RAF Cranwell tournament. He also led the team to victory at the RA Cup in 2012. Ben runs a successful sports event company.
Trooper (Retired) Luke Hartley (Handicap -1)
A former Trooper, Luke played polo for many years but following a sabbatical has picked up his polo stick and boots again. He has played in the Inter-Regimental, The William IV against the Grenadier Guards and the Household Cavalry Regiment at the IG Index 105.
Trooper (Retired) Cain Hayward-Hughes (Handicap -2)
A former 1 Squadron Trooper, Cain is a regular player and learnt to ride and play polo with the regiment in 2013. He has played in the two previous 105 outings and trains at Epsom Polo Club. Cain works for a Japanese whisky company and is a director at Black Wolf Cigar Club.
Colour Sergeant (Retired) Tim Johnson (Handicap 0)
Tim was a Sabre Solider in 1 Squadron for 14 years and a previous Captain of the HAC Regimental Polo team. He has also played for the British Army Hackett Polo Team both in the UK and in Singapore in 2012. During his time in the HAC – having passed the Patrol Selection Course in 2002 – Tim served on Telic 5 in 2004 with the Brigade Surveillance Company in Iraq and on Herrick 11 in Afghanistan with the Brigade Recce Force in 2009. Tim is the founder of TJB Super Yachts, a boutique & independent super yacht brokerage, who are the proud title sponsors of the 2016 HAC 105 Invitational Cup.
Captain (Retired) Cy Lloyd Jones (Handicap -2)
Cy served 7 years as a Cavalry Officer with the Royal Dragoon Guards seeing Operational Tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After switching careers to Investment Banking, Cy joined the HAC and served 2 years as an officer where he also played for the HAC Regimental Polo Team. Cy has now fully hung up his tabbing boots but has kept a firm grip on his riding boots, being a member of the Light Cavalry, the HAC Saddle Club, competing in the Uniformed Services Show Jumping Competition and as a regular member of the HAC Veteran and HAC Saddle Club Polo Teams.
Lance Corporal (Retired) Dale Langan (Handicap -2)
Dale served with the Active Unit for 9 years as a Sabre Soldier of 1 Squadron and more recently CIS Troop. He learned to ride and play polo through the HAC’s polo training courses in 2010 and has played numerous matches for the HAC Regimental Polo Team including the AGC Cup, APoloA’s Inter-Regimental in Tidworth, IG Index 105 and for the British Army Hackett Polo Development Team against the Royal Navy at Tidworth.
Capt. Ben Loxton-Edwards
The Captain of the Veterans Team he has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and worked as the Emergency Department Senior House Officer. As the Regimental Medical Officer he is responsible for the medical detachment. He took up Polo in 2009 and was the unit’s Equitation Officer. He is now posted to the Royal Army Medical Corps. He has recently sponsored a polo scholarship for promising players.