Windcross Conservancy

Rating: 4.96 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 404 Main Street PO Box 86 Buffalo Gap SD 57722 USA

Mission: Historically the Spanish Mustang has helped build North America. We provide education on it's impact and background to the public. We also provide a place were we can house these horse on a preserve. Today there are more and more horses being lost and liquidated. We cannot save them all, but we can save some. We strive to match the integrity of the horses, the honor of our grandfathers, the truth of our grandmothers and the courage of the Old West.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

Absolutely wonderful experience. The staff is very cordial and their knowledge is beyond compare. Very professionally run and you get a very personal experience for your money. I would definitely go back and highly recommend them to all I come across.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

My best friend and I came with my service dog and they were willing to let us see the horses even though I had a service dog. This place is a stop above the rest and really showed that the Spanish Mustang is very much alive and well. I was very impressed with the staff and how knowledgable they were. If we are ever in Buffalo Gap again we will surely be checking this place out again. They have some great horses and they are eager as well to meet other people. The horses are used in therapy and education programs around South Dakota. It was a real treat coming to this non profit. We will be back!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have spent two summers volunteering at Windcross Conservancy, working with an incredible organization and the fantastic a Roda family, and my experiences have inspired and encouraged me with my passion for horses. Windcross caters for all of the family, and provides an informative, enjoyable experience, which will leave you with fantastic memories, and the want to support the aims Windcross strives to achieve, in protecting the Spanish Mustang, that is so often overlooked as a breed.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I found Windcross Conservancy on a volunteer site, and decided it was the place to see. I was nervous when I first arrived, not sure what to expect, but the family took me in and made me feel right at home. I learnt so much about the history of the Spanish Mustang, and fully intend to spread the word and gain support for Windcross. I had such a fantastic time, I decided to extend my trip and am already planning my next year summer there - it was truly difficult to leave! The people are wonderful, welcoming and amazing friends for life. I spent the whole time I was there laughing and learning - a true life experience. I would recommend Windcross to not only horse lovers but those with a taste for history and blissful scenery. I wish them all the best with their work.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

This is my fourth time coming out to Windcross conservancy to volunteer and it has been life changing for me, it has taught me how to be a better horsewoman. The Roda family have taught me so many things over the last three years, they are an amazing family.
What wind cross is doing for the spanish mustang as a breed isn't done anywhere else in the world to the quality it is done here. i would recommend windcross to anyone who wants an educational, fun and personal experience with the spanish mustang.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Windcross is an exceptional organization run by a remarkable family whomb I hold great respect for both professionally and personally . The work the organisation and the family do is fantastic, and I hope and prey for a successful and prosperous future.kind regards and best wishes for the future , the Flynn family.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Windcross conservancy is a wonderful ranch filled with amazing people and horses, Lucy and her family work long hours and but a lot of hard work into windcross. The Spanish mustang breed is one that must be persevered and that is what windcross is doing their hardest to do. My time at windcross was amazing and I can't wait to get back their in July. :)

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Lucia and the crew have been WONDERFUL in helping me learn everything I can about the Spanish Mustang. I am very thankful for all the hard work everyone at Windcross Conservancy contributes to further the lineage and education of this fantastic breed.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money to sustain their current work.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

We had a family reunion here this year. I arranged with Lucy for a tour. I was unable to attend myself, but the original group of 5 who expressed interest grew to 11. The photos I saw showed smiling faces as people interacted with the horses. Everyone had a great time. I have been to Windcross a few times this year at their new location in the historic Buffalo Gap schoolhouse. I am continually amazed at the amount of energy Lucy has for her family, Windcross, and the international group of volunteers who help keep the place going. I think that energy comes from pursuing a dream and seeing it become reality.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just keep doing what you're doing.

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2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I've been a city dweller all my life. I've never been around horses. My husband grew up near here and retirement brings us to this area. I met Lucy and family through her parents, who are good friends. I donated a stove, some money, and some goldfish for the stock tanks. The day I dropped off the fish, I got to go on a tour and meet some of the horses, see the new foals, and hear stories about life on the ranch. My immediate impression was, this family really knows and loves these horses. What a great place for Lucy and Matt's kids to grow up, what a great place for volunteers, and what a great place for the horses.

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Another two week vacation spent at Windcross. Can't say enough about this family and their dedication to these horses. A beautiful place and a beautiful life for these horses.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Windcross Conservancy does a wonderful job in it’s goal to preserve the Spanish Mustang horses. The opportunity Windcross gives interns from around the world to participate in this worthy cause is to be greatly admired. The informative tours they give the public give all who come to the ranch the opportunity to see first hand these amazing horses and how they are lovingly cared for as well as learn about their heritage. I hope many more will take advantage of the opportunity to see these beautiful horses up close.

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Life-changing

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2009

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

A very worthy NON-profit organization. Lucy and her family are lovingly dedicated to the preservation of these beautiful horses. They put in many long hours. I hope many people take the time to read all the reviews and get an idea just what Windcross is all about.

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Having spent a fortnight at Windcross I can honestly say it was the most amazing experience in my life. To see the hard work that is done day after day, witness the problems being overcome and the wonderful way that people can interact with the horses is something that can only be truly appreciated when you come up close with them. Lucia Roda is a very strong person who puts herself out continually and unrelentlessly for this wonderful cause which she supports 200%. I wish her well and she has my continual prayers for a successful future.

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love to see more money come into the organisation through grants as these horses are so special but like everything, with harsh winters etc. the continual need to survive is paramount to make this succeed.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This wonderful charity was set up to preserve the Spanish Mustang horses - endangered but some of the most beautiful horses in the world. The organisation is expertly run and the horses are foremost in their thoughts using a lot of their own money to finance it. They raise awareness by holding open days and inviting people along to see their work and taking on internees to help out and in return this gives these people an insight into the hard work that it takes to run Windcross. A well deserved cause run with dedication and love for their work.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful place!! Truly knowledgeable folks passing that knowledge on the rare Foundation Spanish Mustang through internships and daily tours filled with information on these unique horses history. The horses are so well cared for and are beautiful. They also train their horses to show the versatility of the breed, and even take the horses to various places in town (the senior living center and the hospital) as "ambassadors" for the breed, to the delight of those that see them.

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give them a good grant writer so they could further their educational information in the form of a DVD

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Fell in love with the horses and the people. Couldn't take the people home :( so................ we left with 4 beautiful mustangs as ambassadors for the Northern Black Hills. What a gift! Their beauty and grace is beyond words not to mention a photographers dream.

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Make the financial struggles go away.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Feel the power of the herd. Capture their grace and beauty in a photograph and know that you have stood witness to one of the last genetically preserved Spanish Mustang herds in the world. Nothing shy of magic is felt here. Come.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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