Wells Fargo will donate more than 4,500 four-foot Wells Fargo toy ponies to local non-profit groups and schools across the country, many of which auction them off to raise funds. More than 100 plush ponies will be donated throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Wells Fargo used the oversized plush ponies this past holiday season in its bank branches to promote a smaller collectible version that was available for new checking customers. For the eighth consecutive year, Wells Fargo offered the smaller version of the pony last month to every consumer or business customer who opened a new Wells Fargo Checking Package and to any customer who referred a friend to open a new Wells Fargo Checking Package.
“The Legendary Wells Fargo Pony collectible has become a holiday tradition that helps us celebrate the role of stagecoach horses in Wells Fargo’s history,” said Oregon Regional President Don Pearson. “We use the larger version of the pony as part of our seasonal store decorations before we donate it to an area charitable organization.”
This year’s pony is Snowflake. Horses like Snowflake helped Wells Fargo deliver money, valuables and goods through the streets of New York a century ago. Snowflake sports a warm blanket that was standard issue equipment for all wagon horses that completed their rounds in all sorts of weather.
Since they were introduced in 2003, Wells Fargo has issued 11 varieties of limited-edition ponies, each carrying the name and a description of a real horse from Wells Fargo’s history. The ponies have included Molly, a mare from Roseburg, Ore., that pulled the Wells Fargo stagecoach in the late 19th century; Billy, an Appaloosa from St. Paul, Minn.; and Al, a faithful horse that pulled an express wagon around downtown Denver in the late 19th century.