Mike has worn many hats since he joined the Tally Ho team in May 2009 and this year he will return again as a part-time ticket seller. Mike says he’s always been more of a caretaker of horses than a rider, especially after his horse Rascal lived up to his name, but he loves to spend time with the horses who he considers old friends. Mike’s favorite horse is Bud because of his eagerness and his tough work ethic. Mike’s secret talent is speaking Japanese!
Kaira’s undying love for Jerry, her favorite Tally-Ho horse, is evident as soon as you witness them working together. About Jerry, Karia says he is the “tallest, goofiest, and to me, most darling animal I have ever had the honour of working with”. Karia has been a valuable member of Tally-Ho since March 2014 and her kind nature with the horses and ability to connect with people leaves a lasting impression: Kaira is still in contact with some of the people who have had a chance to take a carriage ride with her!
Fran has been driving horses downtown since the early 1990’s and we are so thankful she will be joining us for another great season. Fran has one horse of her own, a miniature black stallion named Bunky who is 35 years old. You can catch Fran at the Saanich Fair sometimes driving the draft horses. Fran’s favorite thing about Tally Ho is the family atmosphere and says her favorite horse is Archie, but she loves them all!
Christine started driving carriages in 2008 and we welcomed her to the Tally Ho team in 2015. Not only is Christine a driver, but she is also a certified Equine Sports Therapist and says she is “very proud to work with all of the Tally-Ho horses throughout the season to ensure their optimal health and well-being, body, mind, and spirit together”. Christine’s own horses Wes (pictured R) and Tony (pictured L) can be driven single or in a team and are known to pull various types of vehicles and equipment both on her farm and in the fall fairs in Saanich and Duncan.
Catherine started working at Tally-Ho in the spring of 2015 and says her favourite part of the job is that while at work she is simultaneously fulfilling her passion, sharing stories and information to people from around the world, and working with horses. Before Catherine could walk, she was on a horse’s back and since then she has constantly been surrounded with all types horses. She has trained and competed horses in all disciplines. Catherine is currently studying at the University of Victoria for her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, which she hopes will put her on the path to veterinary school in the future!
Bruce has been with Tally-Ho since 1964, and was an owner for almost 30 years. Bruce has held many roles over the years and we are excited to welcome Bruce back every season as our key ticket salesman – he tells the best stories and customers love his tales of travel! Bruce is a cornerstone of the Tally Ho team and all the staff members love seeing his smiling face every weekday morning. Take the time to meet him while visiting Victoria… you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Brittany quickly made a name for herself as a gold-star ticket seller after she came on board in 2015. Brittany’s ability to stay organized and helpful on some of the busiest nights while still ensuring excellent customer service has made her an invaluable member of the Tally Ho team. Her favorite horse is Sarge and her favorite thing about Tally Ho is being able to direct visitors to the best aspects of the city.
Amy’s love for draft horses started 15 years ago when she bought a two year old Clydesdale X named Katie Thunderhooves. Amy’s horse Katie looks much like Sarge, who she has a huge soft spot for. Amy joined the Tally Ho team in 2015 and says her favorite thing about the job is the camaraderie between the drivers and the horses that develops.
Alex’s love of horses grew through eventing and a long friendship with her naughty Arab-cross mare, Rosie, before starting with Tally-Ho in 2014. Her favourite thing about Tally-Ho is having workmates (of both species) who feel more like family than colleagues. She spent the winter of 2015 driving carriages in Melbourne, Australia and is excited to apply her newfound knowledge in Victoria. She is pictured here with Tommy in Summer 2015.
Abby loves meeting people from all over the world while working with Sarge, her favorite Tally-Ho horse. Abby’s background is in show jumping and she competes all over Vancouver Island with her horse, Stella, who is a Oldenburg/Canadian warmblood mare that Abby leases. Abby started with Tally Ho in 2015 and her secret talent is playing the banjo.
Hours of Operation
THURSDAY to SUNDAY 11AM–7PM throughout January. Please contact us for availability outside these times.
Operating hours are subject to weather conditions throughout the winter.
Inner Harbour, Victoria, BC