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

As Victoria’s original transportation company (1903), Tally-Ho has becomes synonymous with Victoria.  A large majority of the local population has either taken a Tally-Ho tour, or worked for the company through its long history.  Visitors think of Victoria as a quintessential old-English style town, with beautiful flowers, amazing restaurants and unique amenities.

Tally-Ho gives guests a premium horse-drawn carriage experience that is a charming, romantic, personalized, and relaxing way to see the city.  These ingredients help create an experience that our guests will rarely find elsewhere, and it’s incumbent upon us to ensure we are the best ambassadors for not only our own services, but our City and our industry.

We refer to ourselves as the “Tally-Ho family” as everyone who dedicates themselves to the business 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!

Our daily interactions and communications are guided by the following principles:

ResponsibleWe are extremely professional, on time, courteous and respectful of our horses and guests, and always focused on safety.

 EnthusiasticWe are highly motivated, energetic, have a positive outlook, and are passionate about giving our guests the best experience possible.

 Fun We are always upbeat and friendly, striving to give our guests an entertaining and memorable experience.

CORPORATE MISSION

The mission of Tally-Ho is to create a memorable, authentic horse-drawn carriage experience, helping guests discover Victoria’s fascinating past and present, scenic beauty, and architecture.

In achieving this goal, we are committed to the following key values.  They are integral to daily operations as they define who we are, what we do, and how we do it:

Dedication to horsesWe treat our equine partners as part of our family, and are committed to ensuring they always enjoy balanced health (mind, body, soul), are well trained, form a close bond of communication and trust with their drivers, and are happy in their work.

 Enthusiasm for people We encourage an inclusive, caring, and supportive culture in which we treat our team like family, learn from and inspire each other, and encourage a friendly and fun experience for us and our guests.

Safety In every aspect of our operations, from training to tours, we follow strict procedures and precautions to maximize the safety of our staff, our horses, and the public.

Excellence We operate with pride and integrity, setting high standards and continuously ‘raising the bar’ for professionalism, the experience for our guests, and our image in the community.

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 115 years ago. And we continue our “Uniquely Charming.  Famously Fun” 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 Argall and Art Knapp, Tally-Ho switched from a transportation to tourism company, offering tours involving over two hours of travel.

After the Seattle World’s Fair, about 1962, 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.

Family Owned & Operated

Kennadie

Carriage Driver +++

Kennadie is the youngest of the Friedlander family that works as part of the Tally-Ho team. Born and raised at Hidden Acres Farm, Kennadie has a natural affinity for animals and the Tally-Ho business. She loves spending time with the horses, dogs and cats at home.  On her days off she is often found playing with Jerry (her favorite horse) and is doing a great job teaching him to recognize where his feet are! (LOL).  Kennadie performs all tasks we can throw her way within the business, including barn work; horse care; carriage driving; sales; and office administration.

In 2021 Kennadie graduated high school a year early so that she could pursue her passion for dance at Ballet Victoria, joining their 2-year full-time aspirant (training) program.

Brianna

Manager

Brianna is part of the Friedlander family that has owned and operated Tally-Ho Carriage Tours for over 30 years. Since she could walk, Bri has had a deep connection with the horses and an excitement for the business. She was with her beloved dad, Larry, every chance she got while he went through his daily chores. She became Tally-Ho's youngest sales person ever in early 2016, mentoring under Bruce; and then moved on to carriage driving later that season. In 2019 we congratulate Bri on graduating high school (early!) and are excited to have her increase her involvement in managing daily operations - a role her life path has naturally prepared her for. Bri is passionate about the care of the horses at the farm, to the downtown operations where all our hard work behind the scenes culminates into a bucket list adventure for our guests.

Donna Friedlander

Owner & Operator

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.

Larry Friedlander

In loving memory

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!

Our Staff

As Victoria’s original stagecoach company, Tally-Ho is recognized as part of the cultural fabric of Victoria, and our majestic horses are known worldwide.  Our team is passionate about our horses and business, and are dedicated to providing top-notch care to the herd, a supportive work environment, and an “Uniquely Charming.Famously Fun” experience for our guests.  It takes over 20 people working tirelessly to ensure we keep rolling every day from farm to town.  We have the best office on the planet!

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FAQs

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JOIN OUR TEAM

Turn your passion for horses into a JOB!

Deepen and learn new equine skills while working with our majestic draft horses and fun-loving, supportive team.

We’re now accepting full- and part-time applications for:

Carriage Drivers

Barn Workers

Truck Drivers

If you would like to submit your resume, please email it to us.

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