INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- In the year since the death of her father, Monkees singer and Indiantown philanthropist Davy Jones, Talia Jones said she has discovered a different side of the performer.
She has found he still was writing songs and musicals. She also realized just how much energy he put into his charity work in Indiantown, where he had his annual fundraiser for the Indiantown Education Coalition called "A Groovy Night on the Ranch." In eight years, Jones helped the education coalition raise more than $250,000.
One thing that never changed for the heartthrob and former jockey was his love of horses. Talia Jones said her father first took her for a pony ride in Los Angeles when she was 2.
Jones' love of horses attracted him to the Treasure Coast, where he died last February after an unexpected heart attack. In the years before his death, Talia Jones said most of the money her father earned performing went to the care of 14 horses at his Indiantown ranch.
To commemorate him on the anniversary of his death, Talia Jones and her three sisters, in collaboration with Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, have launched the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. The organization will raise money to care for Davy Jones' horses and, in the future, use them to work with underprivileged children.
"We knew how much horses meant to Dad and us as well. I think my dad thought about horses more like pets," Talia Jones said. "But horses are a lot more work. That's one of the reasons why we realized the only way we were going to be able to support this herd was by creating a foundation."
After her father's death, Talia Jones said the family looked for rescue ranches in Florida. When they couldn't find a suitable place, they moved them to a ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif. The monthly cost of feeding and housing the animals, providing medical care and shoes every six weeks, is $8,000 to $10,000.
There is no money in Davy Jones' estate to pay for the herd, she said.
"A lot of his income when he was going out and performing would go to his horses," Talia Jones said. "Most horse owners know you spend a lot of your money and you go into debt. We don't have that income coming in anymore."
Davy Jones' will has been sealed by a Martin County judge. Talia Jones, the estate's executor, said that was a decision made by her lawyer.
Talia Jones grew up in California and, at 44, is the oldest of Davy Jones' daughters. She and sister Sarah McFadden were born during Davy Jones' marriage to fashion designer Linda Haines. Two other daughters from a second marriage, Jessica Cramer and Annabel Jones, live in England.
Although she didn't get his musical talents, Talia Jones said she inherited her father's love for horses. Seven years ago, she acquired one from her father's herd, a horse named Harry Jones after Davy Jones' father.
The landscape designer who lives in Santa Barbara last saw her father during her engagement party in December 2011. She was working the morning of Feb. 29, 2012, when she saw a missed call from the brother of Davy Jones' wife, Jessica Pacheco.
"Because it was so early, I thought something was probably not right," Talia Jones said.
Her father reportedly started not feeling well at the ranch where he kept his herd. The 66-year-old was taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Talia Jones said her father was healthy.
"It was a kind of shock," she said. "I don't talk about it much. It still feels surreal. I just feel he's going to come knocking on the door."
Talia Jones was married in June at a Santa Barbara courthouse. "That would have been just sad to walk down an aisle on my own," she said.
Talia Jones has not kept in touch with her father's widow, Pacheco. She said she had no conflicts with her despite media reports that Davy Jones' daughters did not approve his relationship with the Telemundo TV host, who was 30 years his junior.
Pacheco was left out of the singer's will, which was written before they got married, Forbes magazine reported. Last year, she filed a request to receive half of the estate to which she is entitled under Florida law. She did not respond to a request for an interview submitted through her website.
"We don't have any personal contact," Talia Jones said. "We never really did. Not for any other reasons. They were not together long. I know for a part of it they were separated. We saw her a couple of times when dad would come visit. But we never got to know her well or establish a close relationship."
This weekend, Talia Jones and her sisters will be attending a Monkees convention and Davy Jones memorial in New Jersey. She said because her father died Feb. 29 — a leap year — there is no exact date to observe his death anniversary.
The singer, known for his sense of humor, would have liked that, she said.
"He doesn't want us to worry too much," Talia Jones said. "He just wants us to carry on."