About Us

Tally-Ho is a small, family owned and operated business that is dedicated to the ensuring the balanced health of our horses (mind, body, soul) and creating unforgettable memories for visitors and locals alike.

Corporate Culture

Tally-Ho's culture is premised on the principles of inclusion, care and fun. We refer to ourselves as the "Tally-Ho family", which includes the owner, manager and all staff who share a common love of horses and commitment to ensuring our equine partners are healthy and happy every day. Like in any family, our team supports each other, learns from each other, and makes every day at work a great place to be!

Corporate Goals

Tally-Ho has three key goals that drive every decision we make:

  1. Safety - To ensure we operate in a safe, respectful manner that reduces the inherent risks of working with livestock.
  2. Horsemanship - To ensure the horses are healthy and happy in their work at all times.
  3. Customer Service - To provide a memorable horse-drawn carriage experience for all our clients.

Our History

The first carriage tour rolled out of the Tally-Ho stables now called the Tally-Ho Sports Bar, close to Mayfair Mall in Victoria over 100 years ago. And we continue the tradition today.

1903 – 1970’s

Tally-Ho’s legacy dates back to spring 1903 when Anton Henderson started the first horse-drawn transportation company in Victoria, BC.

As a transportation company, Tally-Ho was a business that provided services to locals. It’s amazing to look back on historical photos and see how many people would cram onto the stages.

An old timetable is displayed in the Olde Towne section at the Royal BC Museum. A stage from Mt. Tolmie to Victoria would have cost 15¢ back then. The bottom line on this poster reads “The above stage is the finest running out of Victoria… being well adapted for [among other things] shooting parties”!

In the late 1940’s, under the ownership of Gordon Argyle and Art Knapp, Tally-Ho switched from a transportation to tourism company, offering tours involving over two hours of travel.

Later in the 1940’s, the ownership of the company changed and Art Knapp welcomed John Olson as a new partner (you may recognize the Olson name as affiliated with the Strathcona Hotel). In 1964, John Olson hired his 14 year old nephew, Bruce Wright, to help with odd jobs. Bruce eventually became an owner in the company and operated it for many years. Today he remains actively involved as the “Gold Star Salesman”.

Eventually, technological improvements in horse-drawn vehicles meant the company no longer needed four to six horses to pull the wagons. Back then there were so many tourists and families travelling to Victoria that 13 of these wagons would operate each day (compared to today where we operate only 6 private carriages).

1980’s – Now

In 1982, Bruce hired a young boy of 15 years (just like his uncle had done with him), to feed and water the horses after school and on weekends. This young boy, Larry Friedlander, took on an ownership role in 1990.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Tally-Ho endured many changes including competition (more carriage companies started operating) and a fundamental shift in the business model as people started to prefer private tours, instead of group tours. In response, Tally-Ho made a gradual switch from double horse-drawn wagons, to single horse-drawn carriages.

After a few different partners in the business, Larry became sole owner in 2009. Larry brought a keen sense of horsemanship to the company, and an undying love for fun. In late 2015 Larry passed away suddenly, but will long be remembered by those who had the pleasure to meet him. Larry was a tough guy, with a heart of gold. He inspired all staff to love the Tally-Ho as much as he did; and his ‘special english’ will always be remembered by those who received it.

Tally-Ho continues to be owned and operated by Donna Friedlander, Larry’s wife of 23 years. Donna started in the Victoria carriage industry in 1992 as a carriage driver, and has been an integral part of Tally-Ho’s operations ever since. In addition to her love for horses, she is a Certified Professional Accountant with a keen interest in business management and process improvement. Together with her daughters, Brianna and Kennadie, the ‘Friedlander girls’ are passionate about the business and see the horses and as staff as part of their extended family.

Owners & Managers

Our Staff

Along with the horses, Tally-Ho’s carriage drivers make the company what it is. All the drivers have a natural affinity for horses, but we hire only those people who we feel will be able to fulfill our corporate philosophy of customer satisfaction and who will radiate hospitality and fun. Our drivers are professional, courteous and friendly and possess a wealth of knowledge on the city of Victoria.

Find Out More

If you have any questions that you think may already be answered please take a look at this page, or feel free to contact us for more information.

Join our Team

The best staff on the planet work here! Unfortunately we are not currently hiring, however, we always accept resumés. If you would like to submit your please email it to us.

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