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Windcross Conservancy

Rating: 4.97 stars   67 reviews 2,558

Address:

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.

Target demographics:

Spanish Mustang Preservation

Direct beneficiaries per year:

35 horses,provided volunteer student experiences to a dozen young persons

Geographic areas served:

South Dakota, North America,

Programs:

Educational volunteer/internships, public outreach events, school presentations, not to mention the Spanish Mustang Preserve in Buffalo Gap, SD 57722

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605-833-2336
www.windcrossconservancy.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

Fantastic Visit! My wife and I visited the conservancy on the recommendation of the local KOA owner. We showed up on a Sunday at the end of the camping season with no advanced notice. We were greeted with a welcoming smile and a tour of the farm. We met all the horses and interacted with many of them. We learned quite a bit about the breed and we could see the love and dedication provided for them. We cannot wait for a return visit.
Bill and Deena

 
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I am so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope that you do get to come and visit us again. Lucia

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Awesome family, highly dedicated to the conservancy of the Spanish Mustang breed. The tours are informative and personal and really give you an idea about the history and the possible future of those horses. Definitly worth a short visit or even a long-term stay!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful organization! The entire group gives their hearts and souls to the preservation of this great breed. I am thankful for all the work they continue to do!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

True dedication is often hard to find. But at Windcross Conservancy dedication and education are the motivating factors in this organization. Dedication to the foundation Spanish Mustang, a rare breed that must be preserved if there are to be any remaining for future generations, and education so people may understand and appreciate what makes the Spanish Mustang the rarity that it is in today's equine world.
Tours among the horses, one on one with those who work daily with these unique horses, helps to not only educate, but to sometimes introduce people to a breed they didn't know existed. Windcross is the future for the little Spanish horse that help to settle our country, they should not be forgotten.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I have been involved with preserving the rare breed of horse, the Spanish Mustang, since the early 90's. Windcross Conservancy is an amazing organization, created to help preserve the breed while at the same time educating interested individuals through hands on experience with the horses as well as insuring that horses in the herd are excellent representatives of the breed. Because these are the horses that helped settle America they have a unique history, unlike the mixed breed mustangs of other sanctuaries. Daily tours are offered to anyone who is interested in learning more about the horses and seeing them "up close and personal". We have been a part of a weekend where artists from all over the country spent a weekend with over 20 members of a Native American family who set up a village on the rolling hills of the Conservancy so the artists could take pictures and later paint realistic, accurate representations of Indian life on the prairie. The Roda family, who are the guardians of the herd, all worked practically 24/7 to insure that everyone was well taken care of, the horses were front and center, and at the same time managed to make everyone feel at home and welcomed. Windcross was also the host to several people, from all over the world, who apprenticed at the ranch, learning what it takes to manage a 400 acre preserve. Whether you are interested in horses, just want a great experience on a working ranch or hope to some day own your own living piece of history, Windcross Conservancy is the place to be! Both my husband and myself plan to return for the 3rd Annual Artists Shoot in 20013.

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?

A lot

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an amazing experience last month with Windcross. Took a tour among the herd and got to help get two of the younger horses used to human contact. Would definitely recommend to horse-y and non-horse-y people alike.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I visited Windcross Conservancy several times, and really enjoyed it. Everyone is very down-to-earth and devoted to taking care of and sharing their beautiful Spanish Mustangs. Great nonprofit: you're sure to learn a lot and enjoy the horses and people if you visit.

 
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What a great organization! This family lives and breathes for the love and care of these beautiful animals! They involve the local community as well as giving opportunities to interns from overseas to come and experience the How their organization operates.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer with Windcross Conservancy. Over the years I have become very cynical and frankly skeptical. It takes a lot to earn my trust. I am appalled by the lack of value people seem to have for personal integrate. Windcross Conservancy's president Lucia Roda is a breath of fresh air to this tired soul. Her family comes first but after that she is totally devoted to the preservation of the Spanish Mustang. She has personally experience the pain and frustration dealing with unscrupulous people and organizations and is meticulous about absolute transparency.
I can also testify to the endless hours she devotes to the care of the horses, the promotion of the breed and the establishment of programs will assist in their preservation. Her husband and children also contribute many hours towards the operation and sacrifice many things like family holidays in order to make funds available to fill in the shortfall of funding needed to operate the program.
Why is it important to preserve the Spanish Mustang and why the urgency? The Spanish Mustang is a important part of American history. They are the quintessential horse of the Old West. They were the cattle working horses from California through to Texas and north. Much of the modern breed Quarter Horses' ancestry and Pony of America can be traced to Spanish Mustangs.
The Spanish Mustang originated in medieval times. They have both physical and character traits, that are passed on genetically, that have been lost in modern breeding programs; things such as extremely strong feet and legs and conformations which enable outstanding athletic ability. There are less than 300 breeding mares left and the numbers are declining rapidly. Once they are gone we cannot get them back. Windcross Conservancy is racing against time.
I believe that Windcross is an Non Profit that is worthy of peoples' support. It has is important cause and any contributions are used wisely and with the utmost integrate.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This past year has been a real struggle for Windcross Conservancy. The drought last summer inflated the price of hay astronomically high. I know that the Roda family dug deeply into there own personal budget to ensure that the horses were well cared for. It takes incredible dedication to a cause to do without yourself, to ensure that the work goes on. These are people of real integrity and it is so difficult to know how hard they work and not be able to help more. This non-profit works to preserve the gene pool of these amazing horses and a living piece of American and medieval European heritage. If we lose this genetic treasure we will lose both physical and behavioural attributes that are rare in modern breeds. Thank you to the Roda's for their endless work.

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

Provide the Roda's with the resources that would make their work easier and more efficient, such as a tractor for handling the large hay bales.

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?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I met Lucy Roda and Windcross at a time when I had all but given up on finding an organization that I could trust and where I could feel like I could contribute without being a yes person. The board of directors have been so careful ;to maintain the integrate of the organization while moving forward to effectively reach its objectives. I am so impressed with the dedication to the horses and the wisdom used in their management. The horses' well being comes first and foremost. I am also very aware of the hours and hours of work that Lucy and her family put into this organization with no expectation of return for their dedication and sacrifice. I can assure anyone that any time, effort or money that they contribute is deeply appreciated and used wisely.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my experience with Windcross I have gained a wealth of knowledge about the Spanish Mustang.

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

like to see more people support the tireless work they do and help them move forward more quickly with their projects.

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?

A lot

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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made wonderful new friends, gained invaluable knowledge and been encouraged beyond what I would have believed possible. I am very skeptical and jaded but the integrate of this organization and particularly the President is a rare and refreshing to a tired and discouraged soul.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel appreciated, and know that whatever I can do really makes a difference.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Just left Windcross Conservancy which is working to save the Spanish Mustang breed. What beautiful horses! This tour was fun, personal and educational. We highly recommend this tour and the important work of this conservancy. Thank you for a great experience.

 
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I took my son here last month and we both absolutely LOVED it! The staff was really friendly, their tours were very informative, and most of all my son was one happy little boy after our trip! I was a little worried about taking him around the animals at his age (3), but any reservations I had previously completely disappeared by the end of the tour. They ran a very safe, yet interactive tour. I was entirely pleased with my visit at windcross and will be returning!

 
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