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Nonprofit Overview

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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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. :)


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.


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.

Previous Stories


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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.