HAC (The Honourable Artillery Company) 105 Polo Invitational

September 08, 2014

On Saturday I made the arduous trek to the verdant wilderness of HAM Polo Club in Richmond* for the fifth annual HAC 105 Polo Invitational, a three match polo event in aid of the Regimental Charity 'The HAC Benevolent Fund' hosted by The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), the British Army's oldest surviving regiment. The teams playing were the HAC RegimentalHAC Veteran, HAC Saddle Club, Household Cavalry Regiment, Kings Royal Hussars, and the Army Reserves. For those whose interests were less invested in Polo and more about a socially acceptable setting for day drinking (ie. almost everyone under 30) we were kept entertained by marching bands and military displays from the Parachute Regiment, Yeomanry and HAC. I didn't stay long --- I rocked up at the club very late, barely catching the last chukka thanks to a massive detour (my Uber taxi which took me to Staines, yes, Staines, before detouring back to Richmond and charging me for the pleasure) --- and the whole time I felt the very uncomfortable combination of dehydrated, slowly stewing in the humidity, and very aware that my dress was snug. Very snug. So snug that I couldn't slouch ('tis probably for the better). Next time etiquette be damned, I'm wearing red trousers and boots to the polo. So while everyone stayed for the legendary after party hosted by Boneca to bid goodbye to the last of summer, I slunk back to Shoreditch but not before making a lovely new friend in Sufiyeh, catching up with my Luxy, and saying hi to a few familiar faces. x

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