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THERE was no Bri­tish team at the Spruce Mead­ows Na­tions Cup — which they have won 10 times, but not since 1996 — this year. Af­ter a poor ef­fort for ninth place here with a three-man team that ac­crued 43 faults in the first round in 2016 — and lit­tle note­wor­thy form on the Na­tions Cup scene this sea­son — no in­vi­ta­tion was is­sued.


BRI­TISH COLUMBIA is en­dur­ing its worst-ever sea­son of wild­fires, with vast ar­eas burn­ing for months now and, although the dev­as­ta­tion is sev­eral hours’ drive from Calgary, the smoke has car­ried here and a pro­posed fire­works dis­play had to be can­celled as a fire haz­ard. Vis­i­bil­ity was poor and smoke and ash draped a grey pall over the show­ground.

“Wel­come to the smoke­house,” grinned the show’s vice-pres­i­dent, Ian Al­li­son, at the glam­orous Na­tions Cup din­ner on Satur­day night.

On Sun­day, sun­shine fi­nally pen­e­trated through the smog and the moun­tain­ous back­ground to this beau­ti­ful show cen­tre ap­peared in sharp re­lief for the first time.

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