Rodger Pape, CTRS


An avid outdoorsman, Rodger has long been a believer in the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors and horses and was inspired as a teen to find a way to share the depth and importance of these values with others.  Moved by the strong emotional connection people form with horses, he first became involved in therapeutic riding programs as a volunteer; years later coordinating the program itself along with other recreation programming options for people of all abilities, initially at Upstate Cerebral Palsy and now The Root Farm.

With 30 years of horse experience and more than 15 in the non-profit realm, Rodger has clearly found his niche and is continually searching for ways to share his passions with the community, often through side jobs as a guide and adjunct professor for Outdoor Recreation at Utica College, as well as participation in Project Adventure.  He has worked with hundreds of students over the years, one of his favorite parts of the job, providing support and encouragement as they pursue their own careers in therapeutic recreation.  Rodger has also taught horsemanship to local boy scouts.

Rodger sees progress and transformations on a regular basis in the equine, agriculture and recreation programs he currently overseas at the farm, noting that it is more often the emotional benefits that resonate the most and have the biggest impact.  He has seen horses frequently serve as communication vessels, helping kids learn initiative and self-confidence, as well as further engage one’s personality, and feels fortunate to be a part of this process.

I knew that I always wanted to work with people with special needs. I felt compelled to be their voice when it wasn’t heard.




Contact Info
315.520.7046 ext. 2822
Work cell 315.534.8207

Education and Certifications

MVCC – Associate’s in Recreation Leadership
Utica College – B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certified Riding Instructor
ANSI/PRCA Certified- Ropes Challenge Course

The Root Farm

2860 King Road 
Sauquoit, NY 13456

315.520.7046 •


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