Farm dating websites
This was also the experience of Lucy Reeves, from Northamptonshire, who founded Muddy Matches in 2007, aged 25, with her sister Emma, who was 27 at the time.They’d failed to meet anyone through Young Farmers, and while they enjoyed going to rural events such as the CLA Game Fair and Badminton Horse Trials, they only ever met up with people they knew. I’d be surrounded by good-looking, like-minded people my age but I didn’t have the nerve to barge up to them and introduce myself,” Lucy says.With their online dating plans thwarted, they resolved to set up their own site, launching Muddy Matches – users can’t be afraid of mud – with about 800 profiles a few months later, having bribed every single they came across to join the site.With so few members they worried that there wouldn’t be any matches, but success stories immediately began to pour in and, within six months, there was a wedding.“At an event people aren’t going to want to read a load of text,” she says.“They just want to see if they like the look of the photo, you’re a similar age, and that you don’t live 600 miles away.” And what if Lindsay’s dream man flashes up on her screen? “It’s amazing how easy it is to talk yourself out of a date.” The Get Muddy app Android and i Phone users can download the Get Muddy app for free on the App Store, log in via their Muddy Matches account (or register an account if they are not already a member) and add/edit a quick profile, ready to start messaging other singles at the Country Life Fair.“There are farmers – we also host Farmers Weekly magazine’s dating site – horsey people, shooting types and dog lovers as well as a large number of country-minded folk who live in towns.” A tongue-in-cheek multiple-choice quiz on the site calculates a user’s muddy-townie ratio with questions such as “Where would your ideal house be? “People use it when they’re out at work or on their combine harvester; messages have got shorter; people are 'chatting’ rather than emailing; it’s all much more immediate,” Lucy says.
Many country-loving singles aged 18-26 find love at their local branch of Young Farmers, an organisation with 25,000 members that arranges ski trips and dances for young country dwellers.
“I sent her a message asking if she was well and she replied that she was enjoying a gin and tonic in her garden,” he writes in the success stories section of the site.
“I suggested she came round for further gin and tonics and the rest is history!
Determined to settle down with a rural type, Lindsay Lyon, who works in London and lives in Buckinghamshire, has joined rural dating site Muddy Matches.
Her townie friends find it hilarious but the 24-year-old, who is a special funds coordinator at St George’s Hospital, in south London, with a passion for interior design, believes the internet is her only hope of finding love.