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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

Community Stories

82 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. :)

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 Leigh Bob F.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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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!

Grandma Rebecca

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This ranch for the preservation of the Spanish Mustangs never ceases to amaze me in the dedication and love given these animals. The time and money the Roda family sacrifice personally is beyond anything I have ever seen. The family and volunteers give their own time to share the story of the horses and the everyday life on this ranch. Their hard work is commendable. I would recommend a visit to Buffalo Gap and this amazing ranch.

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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.

1 Andra3

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Penny27

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! The entire group gives their hearts and souls to the preservation of this great breed. I am thankful for all the work they continue to do!

Jane48

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Tinamwilson99

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.