17 year old Hannah Russell was wondering what she'd do with her life after realising she could no-longer ride and couldn't do some of the things she'd planned. A knock at the door by a woman looking for a new home for her miniature Shetland pony was the starting point for a whole new life, bringing pleasure to thousands.
Little Alf is just 28 years old and has a rare condition of dwarfism, and was bullied by other horses. He came to live in the Yorkshire Dales with Hannah and they quickly bonded. Hannah started to write about his cheekiness and their blog grew and grew.
Since then Little Alf has featured in a series of popular children's books written by Hannah.
When she's not writing, Hannah invests her time in motivational speaking telling the story of her new life and acting as an ambassador to 'Helping Rhinos' and 'Brooke - Action for Working Horses & Donkeys' charities. Little Alf has become a local celebrity in the Yorkshire Dales, attending events, and Hannah Russell has a whole new career path.