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Windcross Conservancy

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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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91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We learned about Windcross on a previous trip but had to wait due to overbooking of our time. Now we regret that choice. We have three very curious and intense children. To be honest, we were afraid about how they would do in this environment. The moment we watched Ms Lucia take the hand of our youngest I knew we were in good hands. Her calmness and love of those majestic animals seemed to transfer right thru that hand holding. We watched as the children touched, groomed and eventually rode on these wonderful animals that seemed to know a kindred spirit. We spent 30 days and visited six National Parks. These hours spent at Windcross were our most peaceful and connecting. We have since shared with everyone we know heading that way. We will be back and our youngest still remembers how to calm his pony brain as he was taught. :)

Debra B.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

amazing tour, so informative and the interaction with the horses was just breathtaking

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited this conservancy and were impressed with love and care they give the Spanish Mustangs. They work very hard at preserving this beautiful and hardworking breed. They give tours that are very informative.

Jarrett W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Windcross is the hidden treasure in South Dakota. Not only is the cause great but so is this family. You won’t find another like it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well, how to start ?.. Windcross is from far away the most amazing volunteer experience I ever had. I knew nothing about Spanish Mustangs and I learned so much, the family is so glad to share their passion about these beautiful horses, they work hard to make sure the Conservancy is the best for the horses and they do it so well. Even out of the tour, the family was always so friendly with the visitors.
I wish I will get a chance to go back there once.

Andra3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Windcross Conservancy is an amazing non profit dedicated to share their story and love for Spanish Mustangs through walk tours and a great contact with the public. All 4 times I've volunteered there have been great experiences who helped me grow personaly and meet new friends. I was always more than welcome to come back and the family running this business became great friends of mine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Windcross conservancy for the last two summers. It was an amazing and open minding experience. Windcross conservancy taught me so much about Spanish mustangs and horses in general but also about keeping alive breeds that are in danger of extinction. An amazing family doing some amazing and great things. My stay with them was so nice, inspiring and interesting, because not only are they generous and welcoming they also teach you new things and are always ready for a new adventure. I had the best two summers of my life and I'll never thank life enough for meeting this family and their horses.

Daria

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to volunteer at Windcross Conservancy for a month this summer and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I grew up around horses and have volunteered with several organizations before, but Windcross stood out among the rest due to the knowledge, passion and devotion of the Roda family. They work together around the clock to make sure the beautiful and rare Spanish Mustangs are beyond well taken care of and have a voice. I learned so much about daily upkeep, horsemanship, the history of the breed as well as other breeds that root back to the Spanish Mustang, educational tour giving and overall sharing these horses with visitors nationwide and internationally. The Roda family are genuine, kind hearted people who truly love these horses and sharing their passion with others. I hope they stay around years and years to come, and that the conservation of the Spanish Mustang continues since they are important part of our history and so much more!

Leigh Bob F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can’t say enough about this conservancy, simply amazing !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very deserving non-profit, I have been working with these horses for five years and hopefully will continue to do so for many more ! Windcross is a vital breeding program for the Spanish mustang as they are an endangered horse breed, At windcross people get a chance to interact and connect with the horses, each visit is a unique experience.

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Grandma Rebecca

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Windcross Conservancy truly is a wonderful example of what a non-profit should be. It is very apparent the Roda family undoubtedly love these horses and wish to preserve the bloodline. They show great care and concern for each and every horse. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. I learn something new every time I am there. Visiting the Windcross ranch is always a pleasure and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place! During our our visit this year two foals were born and two had been born shortly before. Enjoyed our annual visit immensely. These are the luckiest horses to have these caring, compassionate people looking after them. Hope lots of people stop by and get a tour. Well worth the time spent.

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1 danielle.r.muller

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 3 months volunteering at Windcross last summer and it was easily the best 3 months of my life. The family knows their horses and the breed inside and out, and loves nothing more than sharing them with the world. They’ve dedicated their lives to saving the Spanish Mustang breed, and work tirelessly to preserve the integrity of bloodlines. The horses themselves are absolutely incredible and amazing ambassadors to the breed, and taught me more about myself than I would’ve ever thought possible. I improved upon my work ethic; there’s no greater motivator than 33 hungry horses staring you down waiting for their breakfast. I learned several horse handling and training techniques that have already paid off. Such an all around indescribable experience, incredible family that I’m still close to, and AMAZING non-profit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Shelby R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Windcross is a great experience! I have met so many great people and I always have a great time on the tours. I think this is an amazing cause and I’m so blessed to have been a part of it!

1 Terri I.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went for a 45 minute tour. They were so nice and full of information we were there at least 3 hours. We were able to get right up to some of the horses. My favorite part of our vacation in South Dakota. This was also a holiday weekend so it was extra nice of them to take time and give us a tour!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've visited Lucia and her herd numerous times over the years. This year, as always, she was a gracious host and showed me her lovely mares and adorable youngsters. Extremely nice Spanish Mustangs! And, of course, her stallion, Copper, is such a gentleman. Would love to have a mare bred to him some day!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who has been involved in the preservation of the Spanish Mustang breed for more than 20 years I can say I truly appreciate the dedication and effort Windcross Conservancy have done and continues to do to try and insure the future of this rare breed. Through their tours they have introduced hundreds of people to the beauty, history and uniqueness of these horses, while maintaining a well managed breeding program of foundation stock.
Their intern program encourages and educates equestrians from around the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I gotta tell you this place is incredible! My nephew and his wife and family are all a part of this amazing journey. I've only been there once but they do incredible things and the passion they all have is so great. Lucy is so important to the organization. She has such a connection to the animals. She has brought her children up in the same manner. I'm so so proud to say they are family. Such a great thing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had an amazing experience At Windcross. The owner and her staff were so welcoming and really love what they do. The horses were beautiful and gentle and well loved. A must see!! Pay for the tour, you will not regret it. Our daughter will never forget this experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to visit the Windcross Conservancy in September of 2015 and was amazed at their efforts to keep the Spanish Mustang from being endangered. I learned so much about their work and about each mustang's story. I loved being able to be see up close the mustangs. My heart goes out to those who do such wonderful work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandkids and I visited couple times, what a wonderful experience, the tour was very informative, the spanish mustangs are very well cared for, the family and volunteers are very friendly they are very passionate about their work, they went above and beyond during our visit

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved this place. Loved walking out into the herd and learning all about the Spanish Mustangs. The horses are so well cared for and the employees and volunteers are so nice.

1 Cindy214

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not only do you get to see beautiful horses, you also get up-close & personal with them! Touch, smell (yes, I LOVE horse smell!), & learn about the Spanish Mustang. All in a beautiful & easily accessible, historic location. SO thankful they are preserving the history of these magnificent animals.