If you can’t see the video embedded above of Davy Jones’s winning ride on Digpast in 1996, click here.
The sudden passing of thoroughbred owner/trainer/amateur jockey David T. Jones, better known as Davy Jones of the Monkees, sent me looking all over the Internet for his time and work with horses.
What turned up are news reports, both old and new, along with fan-produced memoirs showing his kindness, generosity and willingness to work his own horses and schlep his own hay. Check it out:
- A basic obituary and a longer feature article in The Paulick Report, The BloodHorse and more of an article in the Thoroughbred Times.
- A couple of weeks before his death, the London Daily Mail ran an article about Jones and his mentor horse trainer Basil Foster and their lifelong connection.
- Fellow Monkee Mickey Dolenz shares his memories of Jones the horseman in the Newmarket Weekly News
- Jones’s website homepage features a photo of him leading a horse, maybe Indiantown Jones? (If you know, please leave a comment below.) Yes, the largest photo on his home page, plus there’s a page on his website showing him with his horses.
- He even won a race in 1996, as seen in the video above. on his daughter’s horse (before you click on the Manchester Cowboy site, brace yourselves for the onslaught of popups. They’re worth it, but there are a lot of them.)
- A memorial page done by The Purple Flower Gang, a Monkees fan group, for Digpast, the horse on which Jones made his winning ride.
- His horse Indiantown Jones won by 13 lengths at Indiana Downs in 2005 and his horse Jessie Jones came in second at Calder Race Course, according to this radio station’s comprehensive bio of Jones.
- A Louisville Courier-Journal article about Jones working a horse at Churchill Downs while he was in town starring in “Grease” in 1994.
- Scroll down in this interview with Jones as a musician if you want to cut to the chase: “I get up at 5:50 … “
- A bit of Jones’s sense of humor, along with a photo of his horse Indiantown Jones
- A local news report of Jones’s work on community benefits and a photo of his farm
- Fans join Davy at the races.
- Jones as a hands-on horseman and neighbor
- Jones as seen in his Pennsylvania home, where he kept horses in the summer, from the Lehigh Valley newspaper
- Jones on his own blog with one of his new foals BazFoster, named after his friend and mentor trainer Basil Foster
Thank you, Sasscer, for the original tip, the Guardian article about Jones and Foster