Internet dating horses
"It was very refreshing to be sat next to two people I didn't know," Charlotte says.
"But that kind of event doesn't happen every month; it takes a lot of effort to arrange." Determined to improve the chances of fresh encounters in the countryside, Lucy Reeves, 30, from Northamptonshire, founded rural matchmaking website Muddy Matches with her sister Emma in 2007.
"I grew up in the countryside before moving to London and overseas.
When I moved back to the country it occurred to me how hard it is to meet people.
With a preface like that, there’s a good chance your first dinner will be your rehearsal dinner.
Come build relationships with people who share your appreciation for the country way of life, so create a profile and start exploring. Online personals are a great place for singles to meet other cowboys or cowgirls. People who live in the country on a farm are farmers.
After all that, you might as well get married just so you don’t have to deal with all the aggravation again.
There are plenty of fish in the sea, but not as many with herpes.
Not only do you have to win the girl or guy over, you also have to make sure their pet likes you and each of your pets get along together.
But I'd rather be on my own than with someone who isn't quite right.
My friends say that I'll meet someone when I least expect it and I guess I just have to believe them.
"The downside of hunt balls and race meets is they can be cliquey," Lucy says.
"We organise rural singles' events such as regional pub grub nights, sailing trips and an annual ball." More than 300 people, mainly in their forties and fifties, attended the Mud Lovers ball last year.