Windcross Conservancy

Rating: 4.96 stars   52 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.
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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The knowledge base of the curators of the Conservancy is truly amazing. They have a real bond with the horses and an intense desire to preserve the integrity of the breed. They spend a lot of time with their visitors and help them interact with the horses. They are incredibly intuned to the subtle behaviors of the horses and their personalities and they bring you into this experience. The Conservancy is a great example of a working ranch also. They have geese, guinea hens, cows, chickens etc. and readily explain the workings of a ranch along with the maintenance of the horses. AMAZING. Highly Recommended.

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I come to Windcross every May to help out. The knowledge and dedication of the family and the volunteers who come from all over the world is very impressive. You can see how happy the horses are at this place where they get such love and wonderful care. It is a place everyone should visit to appreciate. They cater to all ages.

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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.

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?

2014

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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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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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

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1 person found this review helpful

I was around when when Windcross Conservancy was only a dream, I have watched it grow and develop into a reality. I have witness the hardship, the losses. The uncertainty of the path chosen. I have witnessed great personal sacrifice, dedication, and hardship. But most of all I have witnessed unwavering LOVE for these magnificent animals. I have watched an ordinary woman go through extraordinary changes and challenges, to become an expert in the field. I have been witness to a dream being birthed into a reality through blood sweat and tears. It is an honor to witness and be a part of (even if all I do is (PET THE PRETTY PONIES LOL) I applaud you! Congratulations on your achievements and keep up the good works, Lives are changing because of what you do! One person can make a difference, You have brought education to the public about the Spanish Mustangs that may never have been heard. Perhaps helped to save these animals from extinction. Yes they are a very worthy NON PROFIT Organization! Blessings All! Much Love to Lucia and her Devoted Family!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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2 people found this review helpful

Wndcross Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation of the true Spanish Mustang. They are extremely knowledgeable in all and everything Spanish Mustang. Lucia and her family put in long hours of care, teaching, training, welcoming guests, giving tours and trying to educate people about the beautiful Spanish Mustang. I have had the pleasure of meeting Lucia, her family, her friends, and her wonderful horses thorough competetive trail rides that she has hosted. This is the most welcoming, hospitable, loveable group of people that I have ever met. Their horses are so loveable too! Once you've visited Windcross Conservancy you will always return.

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Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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