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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

12 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. :)

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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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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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lucy & her family put in long hours caring for these beautiful horses. Their love , dedication and sacrifice can be greatly admired. Also , they open the ranch to the public so that others may come and see these magnificent animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a city dweller all my life. I've never been around horses. My husband grew up near here and retirement brings us to this area. I met Lucy and family through her parents, who are good friends. I donated a stove, some money, and some goldfish for the stock tanks. The day I dropped off the fish, I got to go on a tour and meet some of the horses, see the new foals, and hear stories about life on the ranch. My immediate impression was, this family really knows and loves these horses. What a great place for Lucy and Matt's kids to grow up, what a great place for volunteers, and what a great place for the horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

Engaging, incredible and so much more than expected. My families' visit to Windcross ranch preserve for the Spanish Mustang was the experience of a lifetime. Lucia and her group of volunteers were friendly, knowledgable and passionate about these very special horses. A visit that was well worth the drive. We would definitely do it again.

Rita C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Windcross is a wonderful place, they do great things for these horses, the family are amazing and work so hard. I have a lot of respect for this organisation and the family who work at windcross.

Maria71

Donor

Rating: 5

Windcross is an exceptional organization run by a remarkable family whomb I hold great respect for both professionally and personally. What they do for the breed is wounderful, helping to save such beautiful horses. The work the organisation and the family do is fantastic, and I hope and prey for a successful and prosperous future.kind regards and best wishes for the future , maria

Donor

Rating: 5

Including in saving the Spanish Mustang, Lucy (WindCross) is also having volunteers from thru out the world coming to the Working Ranch. These volunteers are learning about the Horse and will hopefully pass this information on to the World. The Tours are another source showing what the value of saving the Spanish Mustang will be to all. Great Great Cause.

Liz_16

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Spanish Mustang breed of horses because my son brought one into our lives. Not a horse family previous to this. I have fallen head over heels in love with this breed. Part of my attraction is the part the Spanish Mustang has played in America's history. This horse is America's first horse! Now endangered, we risk losing a huge and important piece of our history. Windcross is preserving that piece of history so well in so many ways!! I am impressed with the commitment of the board and the staff to this horse and it's history. I especially love the 'photography weekend' where they invite professional photographers to come and work with the horses and authentic American Indians in full Indian dress and lifestyle. The pictures are breathtaking. The staff is offering more and more opportunities to see these horses up close and personal every year, whether by bringing the horses to people or by bringing the people to the horses. It is on my list to visit the Conservancy soon. This is a non profit that completely fulfills the roll and makes any donor feel as though they have done a good thing by supporting Windcross Conservancy!