I started the Rip Gauthier Classic in 2003 in memory of my husband who succumbed to lung cancer. Hosting a one day hunter derby with a charitable component at the farm we built and love was a dream of ours.
All proceeds from the Rip Gauthier Hunter Derby are directed to the Cancer Care Program at Headwaters Health Care Centre. Since the first event in 2003, over $227,000 has been raised to support patients in their cancer care journey at Headwaters.
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The day is a highlight of the fall calendar appealing to riders and spectators alike.
From the opening of the expanded Oncology Unit, to the purchase of equipment used in mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries, to an upgrade to the CT machine, a digital mammography machine and a GPS guided system to help detect cancer in its earliest stages, you have helped provide exceptional care to thousands of individuals when they needed it the most. One in two Ontarians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, many of them our friends, family and colleagues. By supporting the Rip Gauthier Hunter Derby, you help ensure we have excellent cancer care close to home. With the 2017 opening of the 8,700 square foot Eva Heiny Ambulatory Care Centre at Headwaters, more people than ever before can receive their oncology treatments in a bright, modern, spacious and friendly facility.
Mark your calendar now for the Rip Gauthier Hunter Derby, taking place on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. The day will feature two classes – 3’ amateur derby in the morning and a 3’6” open derby in the afternoon. Enjoy gourmet coffee, midday cocktails, themed tailgate picnics, a Rip Roaring BBQ and fabulous silent auction surrounded by exceptional horsemanship on a stunning derby field framed in fall colour. The goal for the 2019, the Rip Gauthier Hunter Derby is to raise $26,000 toward the purchase of a second “Navigator GPS Unit,” this time specifically for use in cancer related surgeries.