Donald V. Little, founder and chairman of Centennial Farms, died Feb. 29 from injuries sustained three days earlier when his horse fell while jumping a fence during the Masters Classic in the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.
Centennial Farms won the 1993 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Colonial Affair and the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile in 2007 with Corinthian .
Little was also captain of Myopia Hunt Club Polo for 18 years, past president of the United States Polo Association, and current master of the foxhounds of the Myopia Hunt Club.
Judith A. Little, Don's wife of 57 years, said, "I will miss him so much. 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."
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Little spent most of his adult life as a resident of Ipswich, Mass. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and was an avid pilot and a U.S. Air Force veteran where he was the youngest aircraft commander in the Strategic Air Command. Professionally, he was a successful broker and investment manager at UBS and its predecessor companies, PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody.
In addition to his wife Judy, Don is survived by a son, Donald V. Little, Jr., and a daughter, Andrea Little Eaton, both of Ipswich, Mass., a sister Patricia Moseley of Hamilton, Mass., a brother, Crocker Snow, Jr. of Ipswich, Mass., a brother, Andrew J. Little of Chipping Norton, England, and grandchildren Tapley D. Eaton, Donald V. Little III, James D. Little and Isabella H. Eaton.