02/29/2012 6:14PM

Don Little, Centennial Farms founder, dead after jumping accident


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Donald V. Little, the founder of the Centennial Farms racing syndicate, died Feb. 29 from injuries he sustained after a showjumping fall, Equestrian Sport Productions announced.

Little, who was in his 70s, was injured when his mount, Superiur, fell at a fence during the Masters Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. He was flown by helicopter to Delray Medical Center. 

Little founded Centennial in 1982 and was its chairman at the time of his death. His son, Don Little Jr., currently is president of Centennial Farms.  The stable raced 1992 sprint champion Rubiano and 1993 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair, as well as Grade 1 winners Aptostar and Corinthian, as well as millionaire King Cugat, among others. Little, a lifelong horseman, also was Master of Fox Hounds at the Myopia Hunt in Massachusetts, and was captain of the Myopia polo team for 18 years. 

Little was a senior vice-president and investment manager at UBS and its predecessors, PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody. 

He is survived by his wife, Judith; son Don; daughter Andrea Little Eaton; sister Patricia Moseley; brothers Crocker Snow Sr. and Andrew J. Little; and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday afternoon.