Donald V. Little, the Master of the Foxhounds at who made a name for himself in the equestrian world here in Hamilton and across the country, died on Wednesday afternoon.
Little when he fell off his horse during the $10,000 Masters Jumper Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.
An announcement of Little’s death was made in a press release issued on Wednesday afternoon by Equestrian Sports Productions, the Winter Equestrian Festival's producer.
"I will miss him so much,” said Little’s wife of 57 years, Judith A. Little, in Wednesday’s statement. “Donald died doing what he loved. He was loved and respected by so many people, including his fellow competitors, partners and team members in the horse worlds of polo, field hunting, show jumping and thoroughbred racing as well as in all other aspects of his life."
Little was seriously injured in the fall and had been in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.
Little, an Ipswich resident, had been captain of Myopia Hunt Club Polo for 18 years. He also founded the , which was held at Myopia for the past two years.
Little also founded the Centennial Farms racing syndicate, which is now headed by his son, Donald V. Little Jr. Centennial Farms’ Colonial Affair carried jockey Julie Krone to victory in the 1993 Belmont Stakes – the only woman to win a Triple Crown race.
Professionally, Little was Senior Vice President of Investments at UBS and, before that, PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.