Agent: Philippa Milnes-Smith
When she was sixteen years old, Hannah Russell rescued a very special miniature Shetland pony and brought him home on Christmas Eve. At the time Little Alf, who was born with dwarfism, was barely a year old. Now fully grown he stands at just 28 inches high. Little Alf inspired Hannah to write The Magical Adventure of Little Alf – The Discovery of the Wild Pony, and then publish herself the first book in a series of fictional adventures. Thousands of copies of Little Alf’s adventures have now been sold to growing number of fans. Hannah and Little Alf travel across the UK doing events and signings.
Hannah was studying for a sports qualification when she learnt that she had a rare irregularity in her back meaning that she could no longer ride like she had throughout her childhood. This did not stop her work with rescue ponies (including Alf) from the ground using clicker training.
Hannah left school at 17 and has chosen her life with animals over a professional modelling career. In creating books and merchandise with Little Alf she has also shown herself to be a natural entrepreneur. Now aged 19 she lives in North Yorkshire with her family and a menagerie of animals, which include ponies Little Alf, Paddy, Badger and Pepper; her dogs Sasha and Maggie and her office pets: guinea pigs Candy, Floss, Hamish, Holly and Malibu and Muffles the rabbits. She is a keen supporter of the Riding for the Disabled Association, for whom she and Little Alf both fundraise.