After the passing of his mother, a young Davy Jones apprenticed with Newmarket, Suffolk, England horse trainer Basil Foster in the early 1960s as he pursued a career as a jockey. Foster mentored Davy, and by some twist of fate, eventually encouraged him to pursue the role of the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver! in London's West End. "Basil insisted I went, and I just cried," Davy remembered many years later. "I wanted to be a jockey. But he said 'You’re going! Come back when you’re famous.'"
Davy called Basil 'The Guv’nor' and maintained a close relationship with him all the way up to Davy's death in 2012, even bringing Foster to the United States and caring for him in his later years. "He was like a second father to me," said Davy.
Basil Foster passed away in 2013.
UPDATE 3/20/2017: Basil Foster was remembered by the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Fund on their Facebook page: