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.