Following a spill from a horse on Sunday morning, Myopia’s Master of Foxhounds Donald V. Little remains in critical condition at Delray Medical Center in Florida, a hospital spokesman said on Wednesday.
According to Molly Bailey of The Chronicle of the Horse, the accident occurred at the world-renowned Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. on Sunday.
Little, riding Superiur, was competing in the $10,000 Masters Jumper Classic. Superiur was the second of two mounts for Little in the event. Prior to the fall, Little had cleared the course successfully aboard a horse named Mr. Nighttime.
Reports from people on hand at the time vary, but agree on the fact that while attempting a fence Superiur struggled and fell, tossing Little off in the process.
“From someone who watched the entire round, that was no "stumble and fall," said a writer self identified as Losgelassenheit on The Chronicle of the Horse Forum.
"They had a bad distance and the horse swam through the fence. Don fell off but didn't let go of the reins and the horse came down on him. The horse then tried to get up while avoiding Don on the ground but couldn't free his head/neck to get up with Don continuing to hang on, so the horse rolled back down on him a second time, finally got free, got up and ran off.”
Family, friends and fellow members have long noted Little’s fearlessness. He has not allowed age or past injuries to slow him.
In his zest for life and delight in facing peril head-on, Little keeps a long family tradition alive. His mother - the late Janice Vaughan Snow - rode as Whipper-In for Myopia Hunt Club and was known for her expert and daring riding skills. His uncle, Norman Vaughan, made history accompanying Admiral Richard Byrd on his expedition to Antarctica in the late 1920s.
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