I am an avid Spanish Mustang enthusiast and owner. I support what Windcross is doing for this amazing breed of horse. I am so grateful for their efforts!
The team and family that runs Windcross conservancy are the most amazing people ever. They are dedicated and passionate and their story and message should be heard by everyone. Helping them out as a volunteer has been the bet experience of my life.
I have always had an amazing time at Windcross Conservancy! I would recommend it to any one who is visiting South Dakota, as you will experience a great ludicrous tour and learn about the history of the Spanish Mustang, as well as get to pet and cuddle horses! The staff is always available and welcoming.
I visited Windcross Conservancy and met a totally dedicated lady named Lucia. She introduced me to her beautiful stallion. I also was shown her other horses. She was informative and well spoken and friendly. It is well run and beautiful setting. It was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it.
Windcross has been a valuable part of my life for many years. Being a volunteer there has opened my eyes to a world of beautiful, intelligent horses who carry so much history with them. I got to meet so many new people from all around the world who wanted to learn just as much as I did and made everyday fun. Every day I’m out sharing the horses with new people was a great day, knowing that there was now someone new that knows about these amazing horses. There’s so few of them left in this world now and I just hope more people start to notice them more.
As someone who has grown to love everything about the Spanish Mustang, I have found the work of Windcross Conservancy to be invaluable to the protection of this great breed. Time and time again Windcross has gone above and beyond in meeting my expectations. Many thanks to them for the work they continue to do!
Great horses and great people. So thankful that I get to be apart of this organization everyday. Throughout the years I have grown and learned so much about these horses. I only hope that others get the opportunity to hear their story.
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!
I can watch the horses from my yard. I enjoy them so much. She is so good with them They love her with unconditional Love. Sometimes they all want her attention at the same time she works so hard to care for them. She loves them. She has some persons with disability's come and visit with the horses. These animals are so well cared for.
Windcross continues to be a favorite of mine in the Black Hills. Lucy and her team choose to make the conservation of Spanish Mustangs their everyday mission. The environment that Lucy has cultivated allows for the mustangs to thrive and I count myself lucky to have them in my “backyard”. This is a nonprofit I can get behind and will continue to support through their journey.
I’ve known of Windcross and the family that makes it all possible for years. A tour here is great fun. You don't just see the horses from afar, you get up close and personal with them. Having the owner give the tour and relate her many interesting tales is half the fun. We had a family reunion a few years ago and Windcross was part of it. Family groups went out as their other plans allowed them time. They all enjoyed it. Once this pandemic is over and you are traveling again, plan to visit.
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.
My grandson Justin and I were there in June. Absolutely an amazing experience.
Justin wants to go back next summer and help with the horses. Something he will never forget.
Thank you Lucia for sharing your place and time with us from WI.
Windcross from its horses to the people are one of a kind, It will forever be my happy place, my second home, and I know it’s a special place to anyone that visits, the magic of the place imprints itself in you and you never want to leave
They stood at sunset missing her. I marveled then at how much that they freely have given to us over the years and yet in an afternoon they lost their world. Twenty years ago if you had told me that I would have volunteered every day to get up, feed, water, and hope for their futures I would have laughed.
I have said that people come to Windcross and don't know why. It is small and not overly advertised. Our field of horse dreams in sacred hills. It has been my joy to come, to stay, and to give.
Absolutely loved it. The owner was very knowledgeable and cared about the horses a lot. Hope to come back soon
Windcross Conservancy 10/24/2020
We had a tremendous visit to Windcross in July. The property and the horses were beautiful. Our kids loved feeding and petting the horses, cats and dogs. Ms Lucia was incredibly generous to spend personal 1:1 time with our son to talk about rocks and all sorts. Hands down one of our favorite parts of our trip to SD!
Windcross Conservancy 10/24/2020
I love sharing rocks and talking shop. Your son was a sweetie!! I hope you have time to come back this way again sometime!
A group of us spent the afternoon here and all of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The staff were so welcoming and hospitable! We learned a lot about the history of the Spanish Mustang and the steps that are being taken to preserve this blood line. Totally amazing what is being done and the abilities that we have available to us today to help us in preservation. Thank you Windcross Conservancy for the awesome job you are doing!! We will be back!
The staff here are amazing!! They have a wonderful presentation! They truly want you to learn about the Spanish Mustang and the work they are doing to preserve that blood line. Every staff we had contact with were pleasant, helpful and extremely informative! They love what they do and it shows! Perfect summer activity. Everyone in our group loved it! Definitely will be back!
What an awesome way to spend an afternoon!! The staff were informative and helpful! They are so knowledgeable in what they do. They show such care and compassion for their animals. Our group could not have asked for a better experience.
The horses were beautiful and the staff were super nice!
Our visit was great! We were able to meet each of the horses, learn their names, and learn the relationship they have with some of the other horses. We had a great time talking with the staff about the history of them and why it’s important to conserve them. I hope to visit again soon.
We arrived on a early Sunday morning where we were greeted by a wonderful young man. He gave us a little run down of the morning activities as well as some info about the horses. Lucia meet with us shortly after that where she gave us a wonderful tour of the whole property. She is so knowledgeable about the history of these horses as well as she knows each and every one of her horses there on the property very well. I wish would could of spent so much time here to continue learning more. I would highly recommend people make an appointment/drop by to learn and have some fun here. Our family loved it and would love to venture back there or volunteer.
I’ve known the Windcross family for a number of years. I’ve visited at one of their previous leased locations. I’ve seen them move to their own location in the wonderful old Buffalo Gap school building. They continue to improve the buildings, the ranch, the herd, the community. Windcross is not a hobby, it’s a calling. It’s hard work. Lucia is a force of nature and I marvel at her energy and drive. Her vision for the future moves on. And you gotta love the horses. I have sent many people to visit and they all enjoyed the experience. Our two adult daughters were here for a visit recently and Windcross was a “ must do”.
We went. We saw. We heard. Now we want to go back we all had a special day and had a lot of fun thanks for everything including the lemonade, water and tea it was hot out there but the visit was cool.
They went out of their way to make our day fun, informative and wonderful when we went to see them in July.
I live in a building with a few handicapped individuals that over the last year we have been doing a lot with we have started a craft, movie nights and dinner group that gets together several days a month. We thought we would expand and try an outing and picknick with the group and decided to try and see some horses. Because of handicaps some of our group have problems with mobility knowing this the people at Windcross brought a picknick table for us to eat at and had some wonderfully cold tea, water and lemonade for us. Then when we were done eating they brought some of the horses to us so that everyone could see them instead of making us go to them. We had a wonderful visit and some of us are planning on returning very soon.
My husband and I have been visitors as well as volunteers at Windcross since the very beginning. The amazing family that cares for these very special horses is exceptional. Even through adversity, which includes challenging weather, they always make sure these horse are loved and well cared for. It makes my heart happy to see these beautiful animals happily running in the pastures.
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.
I have been with Windcross Conservancy since its inception. I have seen it grow from 5 acres and 6 horses to a respected horse preservation program. Windcross has been responsible for many firsts within the breed, from using the term preserve to requiring parentage and dna testing on all its horses. An educational innovator we have hosted interns and volunteers from around the globe. Vet students, bio scientists and the list goes. We survive on tours donations and grants. We are not federally funded. Please join us in the support of these amazing animals which have given so much!. # windcrossconservancy. #americanheritagehorse
In the past year I have had the opportunity to work with volunteers from all over the world. They have come from many countries to share in the Windcross dream to preserve the Spanish Mustang. It has been a terrific experience for the horses, the organization and myself. I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to share the horses and their world with these amazing young people.
What a wonderful place ….. sharing the history & keeping the bloodline alive of the Spanish Mustangs. I am so lucky to live within driving distance . Will be there for another visit soon. :) Keep up the great work Lucia Davis Rhoda. :)
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.
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.
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!
Can’t say enough about this conservancy, simply amazing !!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
My father and I roadtripped to South Dakota in the spring of 2016, and Windcross Conservancy was one of our many stops. It ended up being my favorite by far! Lucia, our tour guide, was very friendly and informative. We learned about the history of the Spanish Mustang breed and were able to meet many of the horses in the Windcross herd. I was even able to feeel a foal kick in a pregnant mare! After the walking tour portion, I got to help with a training session with two of the yearling horses. I learned so much invaluable information in that 2 hours that I'll surely never forget and will use far in the future as a veterinarian and horse owner.
Additionally, I fell so in love with the horses, people and Conservancy as a whole that I chose to come back this summer to volunteer. I've been here for seven weeks and will be here for another three. In my time, I've gotten to work with several of the horses, examine three placentas, learn even more about the breed and horses in general, and improve my public speaking skills on tours. I've made lifelong friends and memories I will NEVER forget.
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.
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. :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
True dedication is often hard to find. But at Windcross Conservancy dedication and education are the motivating factors in this organization. Dedication to the foundation Spanish Mustang, a rare breed that must be preserved if there are to be any remaining for future generations, and education so people may understand and appreciate what makes the Spanish Mustang the rarity that it is in today's equine world.
Tours among the horses, one on one with those who work daily with these unique horses, helps to not only educate, but to sometimes introduce people to a breed they didn't know existed. Windcross is the future for the little Spanish horse that help to settle our country, they should not be forgotten.
My husband and I have been involved with preserving the rare breed of horse, the Spanish Mustang, since the early 90's. Windcross Conservancy is an amazing organization, created to help preserve the breed while at the same time educating interested individuals through hands on experience with the horses as well as insuring that horses in the herd are excellent representatives of the breed. Because these are the horses that helped settle America they have a unique history, unlike the mixed breed mustangs of other sanctuaries. Daily tours are offered to anyone who is interested in learning more about the horses and seeing them "up close and personal". We have been a part of a weekend where artists from all over the country spent a weekend with over 20 members of a Native American family who set up a village on the rolling hills of the Conservancy so the artists could take pictures and later paint realistic, accurate representations of Indian life on the prairie. The Roda family, who are the guardians of the herd, all worked practically 24/7 to insure that everyone was well taken care of, the horses were front and center, and at the same time managed to make everyone feel at home and welcomed. Windcross was also the host to several people, from all over the world, who apprenticed at the ranch, learning what it takes to manage a 400 acre preserve. Whether you are interested in horses, just want a great experience on a working ranch or hope to some day own your own living piece of history, Windcross Conservancy is the place to be! Both my husband and myself plan to return for the 3rd Annual Artists Shoot in 20013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just left Windcross Conservancy which is working to save the Spanish Mustang breed. What beautiful horses! This tour was fun, personal and educational. We highly recommend this tour and the important work of this conservancy. Thank you for a great experience.
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
Windcross Conservancy 07/31/2015
I am so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope that you do get to come and visit us again. Lucia
I took my son here last month and we both absolutely LOVED it! The staff was really friendly, their tours were very informative, and most of all my son was one happy little boy after our trip! I was a little worried about taking him around the animals at his age (3), but any reservations I had previously completely disappeared by the end of the tour. They ran a very safe, yet interactive tour. I was entirely pleased with my visit at windcross and will be returning!
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.
Windcross Conservancy 07/31/2015
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!
Last year I stayed three weeks at Windcross Conservancy helping out with the horses. The Roda's are a great family and everyday I saw and experienced their love and passion for their horses and their work. The horses themselves are great as well: I never met any horses that have such a great and different personality than those. They live in a really nice and big pasture where they can just be horses and they are so friendly to all the visitors. I hope you keep up doing what you're doing for a really long time!
great place to visit, be up close and in with spanish mustangs. get your questions answered.receive plenty of help and kindness etc
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!
We had a wonderful visit to Windcross. Our guides were very knowledgeable and informative. My daughter was in horse heaven!
Windcross Conservancy 07/31/2015
We love to share the horses, especially with young people. They are the future of horses in general and these horse in particular. :)
My wife , daughter and I visited June 17th 2015. We had a great experience. It was very informative and awesome to get hands on with these beautiful horses. I wish we could have spent more time there. They are a veteran friendly establishment also. We, ( my family), all agree that it was a highlight of our vacation.
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!
Windcross Conservancy 07/31/2015
We hope that you are up this way again to see the new babies and spend some time here. Thank you for your visit!
I have spent two summers volunteering at Windcross Conservancy, working with an incredible organization and the fantastic a Roda family, and my experiences have inspired and encouraged me with my passion for horses. Windcross caters for all of the family, and provides an informative, enjoyable experience, which will leave you with fantastic memories, and the want to support the aims Windcross strives to achieve, in protecting the Spanish Mustang, that is so often overlooked as a breed.
I found Windcross Conservancy on a volunteer site, and decided it was the place to see. I was nervous when I first arrived, not sure what to expect, but the family took me in and made me feel right at home. I learnt so much about the history of the Spanish Mustang, and fully intend to spread the word and gain support for Windcross. I had such a fantastic time, I decided to extend my trip and am already planning my next year summer there - it was truly difficult to leave! The people are wonderful, welcoming and amazing friends for life. I spent the whole time I was there laughing and learning - a true life experience. I would recommend Windcross to not only horse lovers but those with a taste for history and blissful scenery. I wish them all the best with their work.
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.
Having spent a fortnight at Windcross I can honestly say it was the most amazing experience in my life. To see the hard work that is done day after day, witness the problems being overcome and the wonderful way that people can interact with the horses is something that can only be truly appreciated when you come up close with them. Lucia Roda is a very strong person who puts herself out continually and unrelentlessly for this wonderful cause which she supports 200%. I wish her well and she has my continual prayers for a successful future.
This wonderful charity was set up to preserve the Spanish Mustang horses - endangered but some of the most beautiful horses in the world. The organisation is expertly run and the horses are foremost in their thoughts using a lot of their own money to finance it. They raise awareness by holding open days and inviting people along to see their work and taking on internees to help out and in return this gives these people an insight into the hard work that it takes to run Windcross. A well deserved cause run with dedication and love for their work.
Wonderful place!! Truly knowledgeable folks passing that knowledge on the rare Foundation Spanish Mustang through internships and daily tours filled with information on these unique horses history. The horses are so well cared for and are beautiful. They also train their horses to show the versatility of the breed, and even take the horses to various places in town (the senior living center and the hospital) as "ambassadors" for the breed, to the delight of those that see them.
Fell in love with the horses and the people. Couldn't take the people home :( so................ we left with 4 beautiful mustangs as ambassadors for the Northern Black Hills. What a gift! Their beauty and grace is beyond words not to mention a photographers dream.