The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) is proud to host The IG Index HAC 105 Polo Invitational, a three match exhibition polo event in aid of the Regimental Charity - The HAC Benevolent Fund. The event will be held on Saturday 8th September 2012 at Ham Polo Club, Richmond, London. In 2011 the event drew a crowd of 900+ spectators and raised much needed funds for the HAC Benevolent Fund. And to top it off the HAC - "The worlds oldest fighting unit" - celebrates its 475th anniversary from August 2012.
We're pleased to announce that the regiment has adopted the day as one of its flagship community engagement events and as such its a great opportunity to see some of the fantastic aspects of the HAC. So ensure you put Saturday 8th September 2012 in your diaries.
This year will see a number of teams play for the honour of a number of beautiful trophies (kindly provided by Mappin & Webb) and the main match sees The Hackett Army team compete for the "105" (A 105mm brass cartridge used to fire an artillery round from a standard British Army field gun). The day will also feature matches between the HAC and the RAF and Army Reserves teams.
Apart from the frenetic and exciting polo there will also be a tent pegging display by the HAC Light Cavalry, Music by the HAC Band, HAC Light Guns, the Horsebox Gallery, IG Index's electric polo pony to try out and food stands.
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TIMINGS Provisional timings* are as follows:
11:00 Gates Open
11:30 IG Index HAC (Bullecourt) Vs Army Reserves
12:00 HAC Lunch (Clubhouse & Enclosure)
13:00 HAC Band (Marching Display)
13:30 The IG Index “105″ – IG Index HAC (Arras) Vs Hackett Army
14:30 HAC Light Cavalry Tent Pegging display
15:00 HAC Saddle Club Vs RAF
16:00 HAC Band (Marching Display)
16:30 Prize Giving
17:00 Close of Polo
17:00 Onsite After party with DJ’s and bar.
*Timings are subject to confirmation.
The After Party The After party will be kick started at 18:00 by pianist Carl Joseph. Carl has performed at countless events for some of the world’s most prominent organisations. Several BAFTA ceremonies; the 2011 V-Festival; The 2011 HTC Beats Party at The Roundhouse (featuring will.i.am); he’s performed at Adele’s post-Brit party in February. He has a solo residency at the recently-reopened Arts Club in Mayfair. But his speciality is getting the best of crowd interaction and singing going.
Once Carl has the party swinging, DJ Crispin Dior will take the party to the next level. Successful appearances for Prince William: a 21st Birthday at Windsor Castle and the Princess Diana Memorial Concert after show at Wembley Arena has seen Mr Dior entertaining the wedding guests of HRH Prince William And Catherine Middleton until the early hours in Buckingham Palace. Other than that you can find him in Shoreditch House or Fabric.
Have you got a better plan for Saturday night….?
TRANSPORT The Nearest Tube and Train Station to the Polo Club is Richmond. To get to the club from there by Taxi takes 5 minutes, alternatively the Number 65 bus stops outside the club gates. Walking along the river from Richmond takes 25 minutes.
DRESS CODE(clubhouse): Smart Casual NO SHORTS - Male or Female allowed, designer or otherwise. Smart jeans permitted.
DRESS CODE(grounds): Smart Casual, summer wear permitted.