Donna Friedlander

The Friedlander family has owned and operated Tally-Ho Carriage Tours since 1990. Donna’s late husband, Larry, was the heart of the company for 32 years, and his passion for the horses, people and business extended to Donna and their daughters, Brianna (2001) and Kennadie (2004). Upon Larry’s death in 2015, Donna has become the next successor to lead this historical company.

Donna started in Victoria’s horse-drawn carriage industry in 1991 as a carriage driver, after many years of experience riding at local barns. She met her soul-mate and husband, Larry, through the carriages and together their love of the horses took them through many adventures over 23 years, starting with buying their first horse together, Archie. During those years Larry was the face of Tally-Ho, running the front-line operations and Donna, a Certified Professional Accountant, utilized her business, financial and strategic management skills to oversee the behind the scenes aspects of the business (accounting, marketing, general administration, etc.).

The Tally-Ho horses are beloved pets to Donna, Brianna and Kennadie, and live with them on Hidden Acres Farm: their health and well being are of the utmost importance to the family. With this common goal binding the entire staff together, everyone often refers to their Tally-Ho work colleagues as their extended family.

Donna has dedicated her life to raising her two beautiful daughters, caring for her horses and building a business where staff are happy to come to work each day. Donna’s leadership will continue to ensure that Tally-Ho Carriage Tours operates in the most ethical, progressive fashion while maintaining a sense of fun and a high standard of customer service.

Kate Clark

Kate stared with Tally Ho Carriage Tours in 2006 and progressed to Manager based on her vast horsemanship experience across many disciplines. She is dedicated to operating a top-notch, ethical carriage company. Based on her extensive experience and research of other carriage companies she is confident that Tally Ho is on track to be one of the best horse-drawn operations in the world.
Kate grew up with Arabian and Saddlebred horses on her parents farm on Vancouver Island where she began riding lessons at six years old. Her deep passion for horses led her to pursue a career with horses, including chasing her dreams across provincial lines for opportunities to work under Quarterhorse and Arabian horse breeders and trainers; and working at farms all over Vancouver Island in varying disciplines, including dressage and hunter-jumper.
At Tally-Ho, Kate oversees the downtown Victoria operations and works tirelessly to ensure that the company’s key goals of safety, horsemanship and customer service are achieved. Steadfast in her decisions yet open-minded, caring and honest, Kate is an exceptional manager and embodies the family feeling of the company. In addition, and keeping true to her dedication to the horses, Kate relocated to the Tally Ho farm a number of years ago where, with the Friedlander family, she helps to oversee the health and welfare of the herd. She trains new horses and drivers; ensures each horse is physically and mentally fit prior to their work day; and has been instrumental in implementing Tally-Ho’s horse and driver development program.

Larry Friedlander

On August 25, 2015, Larry Friedlander died suddenly at 47 years young in Victoria, BC. Larry was a man with a heart of gold who was witty, charming, and authentic; and his endless teasing and stories always resulted in laughter.

As a husband and best friend to Donna for 23 years, Larry created a marriage full of undying love, fun and romance. Larry was a great date! He also knew the exact balance of shoes and cheesecake required to offset his need for speed, motorized toys and knives.

As a devoted dad, Larry’s daughters Brianna and Kennadie meant the world to him and he made sure he was at every event in their lives, however trivial or grand, to support them and cheer them on (sometimes to their great embarrassment). He set the bar high for future dates for the girls as they are left knowing what it looks like to have a partner who treats you with respect and kindness every day while generating a sense of playful excitement in loved-ones lives.

Larry made his passion for animals his life’s work, and is known to many after 32 years with Tally-Ho Carriage Tours. He started at Tally-Ho at only 15 years old, doing odd jobs and helping out wherever he could. Throughout his teenage years he learned all aspects of the company, and also attained certification as a blacksmith/farrier. In 1990 Larry became a partner (owner-operator), along with Bruce Wright who continues to work for Tally-Ho today. Throughout the 1990s the ownership of the company would change four times; with Larry remaining the constant thread. In 2009 Larry and Donna achieved their long-time goal to own Tally-Ho outright.

As the chief-in-charge of Tally-Ho Larry brought infinite wisdom about the horses and developed trust-based, rewarding partnerships with each of them. He was always supportive of the team in both their professional and personal lives; and was a straight-shooting leader who will long be remembered by all staff. Larry treated the Tally-Ho team as an extension of his family, which fostered a close-knit group that remains dedicated to their work, the horses, and each other.

Larry created a world in which he and his family lived their lives the way they wanted to – they did the important things and always made time for the fun things. In his honor, we encourage everyone to live your life to the fullest and let those that you cherish know it, each and every day!