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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

19 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. :)

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.

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.

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!

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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

Joyce55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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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!

Marion7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great place to visit, be up close and in with spanish mustangs. get your questions answered.receive plenty of help and kindness etc

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we pulled onto the dusty dirt road to make our way towards Windcross, I had a car full of a skeptical husband and 3 tired and potentially grumpy little girls. We had been on a road trip for 9 days and everyone was a starting to get a little on edge. After our very special time there, I can't imagine having almost missed this gem of a place because I didn't see it on my TripAdvisor list of things to see in the area.

We drove in and were immediately greeted with such warmth and enthusiasm by Ms. Roda. Our girls had seen the dog and were obviously nervous to get out of the van, but she quickly assessed the situation and did a number of things that helped them be relaxed and ready to learn and experience all that Windcross is. Two of my girls have Sensory Processing issues and it can be difficult to know how they will react in certain circumstances where they can be over-stimulated. Ms. Roda had a wonderful instinctual way of being keyed into them and before we knew it, she had loaded us up for a highly personalized, face-to-face experience with the horses. It didn't take long before my girls were begging to touch and see the horses closer.

She and her daughter had such an obvious love and passion for what they were doing and highlighted the story and personality of so many of the horses, one by one. Usually, with three small children I'm so busy trying to get everyone else to relax and enjoy themselves that I don't get to really be present in the moment myself. Ms. Roda and her daughter had my girls at ease and actively engaged to such a degree that I was able to find a few moments to stand back, take in the amazing beauty of the horses, the golden expanse of the fields, the sun on my neck and my feet planted in the soil and take a deep breath and feel it all the way deep in my soul. Even my sometimes curmudgeony husband said it was one of the best parts of our whole cross-country roadtrip. I believe it is very possible that Ms. Roda and her family made lifetime fans of the Conservancy and the horses. I wish we could contribute more but were so blessed that this amazing experience did not come with a hefty price tag that would have made it impossible for us to experience it as a family.

Lacey3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. The staff is very cordial and their knowledge is beyond compare. Very professionally run and you get a very personal experience for your money. I would definitely go back and highly recommend them to all I come across.

4 Michael176

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The knowledge base of the curators of the Conservancy is truly amazing. They have a real bond with the horses and an intense desire to preserve the integrity of the breed. They spend a lot of time with their visitors and help them interact with the horses. They are incredibly intuned to the subtle behaviors of the horses and their personalities and they bring you into this experience. The Conservancy is a great example of a working ranch also. They have geese, guinea hens, cows, chickens etc. and readily explain the workings of a ranch along with the maintenance of the horses. AMAZING. Highly Recommended.

1 Kelly70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was around when when Windcross Conservancy was only a dream, I have watched it grow and develop into a reality. I have witness the hardship, the losses. The uncertainty of the path chosen. I have witnessed great personal sacrifice, dedication, and hardship. But most of all I have witnessed unwavering LOVE for these magnificent animals. I have watched an ordinary woman go through extraordinary changes and challenges, to become an expert in the field. I have been witness to a dream being birthed into a reality through blood sweat and tears. It is an honor to witness and be a part of (even if all I do is (PET THE PRETTY PONIES LOL) I applaud you! Congratulations on your achievements and keep up the good works, Lives are changing because of what you do! One person can make a difference, You have brought education to the public about the Spanish Mustangs that may never have been heard. Perhaps helped to save these animals from extinction. Yes they are a very worthy NON PROFIT Organization! Blessings All! Much Love to Lucia and her Devoted Family!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wndcross Conservancy is dedicated to the preservation of the true Spanish Mustang. They are extremely knowledgeable in all and everything Spanish Mustang. Lucia and her family put in long hours of care, teaching, training, welcoming guests, giving tours and trying to educate people about the beautiful Spanish Mustang. I have had the pleasure of meeting Lucia, her family, her friends, and her wonderful horses thorough competetive trail rides that she has hosted. This is the most welcoming, hospitable, loveable group of people that I have ever met. Their horses are so loveable too! Once you've visited Windcross Conservancy you will always return.