Windcross Conservancy

Rating: 4.97 stars   60 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
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Rating: 5 stars  

Enjoy going there every year. The horses are beautiful and well taken care of. The staff, including the volunteers, are knowledageable, gracious, and kind. This family has given their all for these horses. What an amazing experience!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Lucy & her family put in long hours caring for these beautiful horses. Their love , dedication and sacrifice can be greatly admired. Also , they open the ranch to the public so that others may come and see these magnificent animals.

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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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Just keep doing what you're doing.

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

Engaging, incredible and so much more than expected. My families' visit to Windcross ranch preserve for the Spanish Mustang was the experience of a lifetime. Lucia and her group of volunteers were friendly, knowledgable and passionate about these very special horses. A visit that was well worth the drive. We would definitely do it again.

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

Have more advertising as it is a little known jewel on the prairie.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Windcross is a wonderful place, they do great things for these horses, the family are amazing and work so hard. I have a lot of respect for this organisation and the family who work at windcross.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Windcross is an exceptional organization run by a remarkable family whomb I hold great respect for both professionally and personally. What they do for the breed is wounderful, helping to save such beautiful horses. 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 , maria

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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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2014

 
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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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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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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Including in saving the Spanish Mustang, Lucy (WindCross) is also having volunteers from thru out the world coming to the Working Ranch. These volunteers are learning about the Horse and will hopefully pass this information on to the World. The Tours are another source showing what the value of saving the Spanish Mustang will be to all. Great Great Cause.

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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.

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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the Spanish Mustang breed of horses because my son brought one into our lives. Not a horse family previous to this. I have fallen head over heels in love with this breed. Part of my attraction is the part the Spanish Mustang has played in America's history. This horse is America's first horse! Now endangered, we risk losing a huge and important piece of our history. Windcross is preserving that piece of history so well in so many ways!! I am impressed with the commitment of the board and the staff to this horse and it's history. I especially love the 'photography weekend' where they invite professional photographers to come and work with the horses and authentic American Indians in full Indian dress and lifestyle. The pictures are breathtaking. The staff is offering more and more opportunities to see these horses up close and personal every year, whether by bringing the horses to people or by bringing the people to the horses. It is on my list to visit the Conservancy soon. This is a non profit that completely fulfills the roll and makes any donor feel as though they have done a good thing by supporting Windcross Conservancy!

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