When Percy the Pit Pony mascot met up the real-life museum pit ponies!

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

Meet the Featherstone Rovers’ all-new club mascot, Percy the Pit Pony for NCMME!


The National Coal Mining Museum is excited to announce a new addition on the rugby scene with the launch of the local rugby team’s official mascot, Percy the Pit Pony.

Percy the Pit Pony has been busy representing Featherstone Rovers, including a number of competitive games as well as season matches.

Designed to pay homage to Featherstone’s heritage and rich history of deep coal mining, Percy the Pit Pony provides a modern-day twist on Featherstone’s proud past.

General Manager of Featherstone Rovers, Davide Longo said: “We are really pleased with Percy and the supporters have reacted brilliantly to his arrival here.

 “We have forged an exciting partnership with The National Coal Mining Museum for England on the back of Percy’s launch, one which we are extremely excited about.

 “We will be working hard to activate our partnership further going forward, while getting Percy out there into the local community to meet everyone connected to Featherstone and, of course, the Rovers.”

 He was formally introduced to supporters and sponsors at the rugby season launch event before visiting his pit pony peers at The National Coal Museum Mining Museum for England.

At over 6ft in height, Percy the Pit Pony seems several hands taller than his real-life pit pony friends, who didn’t seem to mind posing for a few photographs in the stable yard at the National Coal Mining Museum for England.


Support the real-life Pit Ponies!

DID YOU KNOW- Visitors can adopt one of the ponies at the Museum for just £15.00 per year?

By adopting our pit ponies, visitors receive an adoption pack which contains:


·         A personalised adoption certificate

·         A photograph of their chosen pony

·         Factsheet about your chosen pony

·         A pony appeal enamel badge


PLUS- Receive a copy of our Pit Pony Express newsletter twice a year, which is an informative update all about what Eric, Ernie and Finn have been up to…

Donations from adoptions can help to pay towards looking after the pit ponies, which includes food, bedding, tack, rugs, fencing, shelter, shoeing and/or foot trimming, dental treatment and veterinary bills. A team of housekeepers help with the day to day care and looking after the ponies.


Visitors can visit their adopted pony in the stable yard between 10.00am and 3.30pm in the museum grounds.

Outside of these times they will often be enjoying some time grazing in the fields around the Museum site.

Download a copy of the pit pony leaflet here and fill it in or alternatively fill the form online.


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