Kennadie

Kennadie is the youngest of the Friedlander family to be welcomed to 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; is apprenticing to become a carriage driver; and since 2018 has been working as a sales assistant on our busy nights and helping with office administration. Kennadie’s true passion is dance, and she trains fours days a week at Ballet Victoria (in addition to her dedication to the never-ending stretching and practice at home). Her favorite horse is “Jerry” who she has partnered with twice at our local fair and taken home blue ribbons.

Brianna

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

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

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!