Welcome to Sommerloch farm, home of fine Arabian Horses and Grandsons!! Joyce and Jim Sommers purchased this property in the year 2000 with the hope of making it their dream retirement farm, resplendent with beautiful horses, lots of nature and an excellent spot to help raise their grandsons. Their plan has worked out well, especially with Jim's retirement at the end of 2004.
Sommerloch Farm, situated about 1 mile north east of Ayr, is only minutes from the 401 highway and about 1 hour from Pearson International Airport. The farm, totally nestled in Oaks, White Pines, Cedars, Hemlocks and Maples, consists of 97 acres with roughly half of this being bush, complete with walking and riding trails. There are 3 ponds on the property with spring-fed Cedar and Speckle Creeks running the length and breadth of it. The horses have plenty of good pasture and elevation with lots of room to run.
Jim, with his love for horses, started out with his first pony back in 1947, proudly leading the Tavistock Centennial parade astride his black Shetland, Fritz in 1948. Over the years and several horses later, a passion was instilled for the Purebred Arabian. Countless horse sketches helped pass the interminable hours of schooling; these drawings always seemed to personify the exquisite beauty of the Arabian with the arched neck, dished head, high tail carriage and tight, compact body, even though Jim had never seen an Arabian in ‘person’.
About 30 years ago, Jim acquired a purebred Arabian mare, ‘Marbara’ and since then, has raised over 100 fine Arabians. Another really memorable experience for Jim was riding his stallion ‘Shameem’ in Tavistock’s 150th Birthday parade in 1998, donned as an authentic sheik!
Owning these exquisite animals has been a source of great pride, satisfaction and happiness for Joyce and Jim. "Even though we have been involved in showing, endurance riding and horse shows all around the world, just being close to these wonderful creatures is pleasure enough. Our pastures can be viewed from all sides of our home and we love it!"
The grandsons are growing and now number 7 - including Little Jon. They are pictured here in our bush at Jordan Creek in the spring of 2008.