Windcross Conservancy

Rating: 4.97 stars   67 reviews

Address:

West 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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

We stopped here on July 20, 2015 and learned more than we expected to. The work being done here is inspirational. We were able to walk among the herd and get a hands-on experience with those horses willing to allow it. When our stables are renovated and we are ready to get horses, we would be pleased to be a part of the conservation of this original breed.

 
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I am so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. I hope that you are able to become a part of the preservation of this breed in the future. We would welcome you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

great place to visit, be up close and in with spanish mustangs. get your questions answered.receive plenty of help and kindness etc

 
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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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We hope that you are up this way again to see the new babies and spend some time here. Thank you for your visit!

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.

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

Give them more money to sustain their current work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When we pulled onto the dusty dirt road to make our way towards Windcross, I had a car full of a skeptical husband and 3 tired and potentially grumpy little girls. We had been on a road trip for 9 days and everyone was a starting to get a little on edge. After our very special time there, I can't imagine having almost missed this gem of a place because I didn't see it on my TripAdvisor list of things to see in the area.

We drove in and were immediately greeted with such warmth and enthusiasm by Ms. Roda. Our girls had seen the dog and were obviously nervous to get out of the van, but she quickly assessed the situation and did a number of things that helped them be relaxed and ready to learn and experience all that Windcross is. Two of my girls have Sensory Processing issues and it can be difficult to know how they will react in certain circumstances where they can be over-stimulated. Ms. Roda had a wonderful instinctual way of being keyed into them and before we knew it, she had loaded us up for a highly personalized, face-to-face experience with the horses. It didn't take long before my girls were begging to touch and see the horses closer.

She and her daughter had such an obvious love and passion for what they were doing and highlighted the story and personality of so many of the horses, one by one. Usually, with three small children I'm so busy trying to get everyone else to relax and enjoy themselves that I don't get to really be present in the moment myself. Ms. Roda and her daughter had my girls at ease and actively engaged to such a degree that I was able to find a few moments to stand back, take in the amazing beauty of the horses, the golden expanse of the fields, the sun on my neck and my feet planted in the soil and take a deep breath and feel it all the way deep in my soul. Even my sometimes curmudgeony husband said it was one of the best parts of our whole cross-country roadtrip. I believe it is very possible that Ms. Roda and her family made lifetime fans of the Conservancy and the horses. I wish we could contribute more but were so blessed that this amazing experience did not come with a hefty price tag that would have made it impossible for us to experience it as a family.

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

Find a way to make the work more widely experienced and known! I can't believe we almost missed this place because it didn't show up on my initial internet searches! There was another, more expensive conservancy in the area that did show up and I wonder how many other people have been confused or overlooked this gem as a result.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

None.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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