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. :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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