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Review for Windcross Conservancy, Buffalo Gap, SD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Windcross Conservancy, Buffalo Gap, SD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Windcross Conservancy, Buffalo Gap, SD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer & Helped finish a bunkhouse, helped with special events, fundraising through online sales and garage sales.