Rural dating

Horsey girls aren't that bad really." It shouldn't be difficult to meet a like-minded person in the countryside, given that there is a structured calendar of rural social events, including races and point-to-points.

But according to Patricia Warren, a farmer's wife from Derbyshire who runs the Country Bureau, a rural introduction agency, the country dating scene can be bleak, whatever age you are.

As soon as everyone starts to couple up and have children, meeting new people gets harder," she says.

Muddy Matches is an online community designed to bring together rural lonely hearts (see below).

A study by Louise Elliott, a land agent for Savills, suggests that the parents of about half of people in farming communities met via Young Farmers and a quarter were introduced by a farming friend.

Young Farmers is still going strong: Anna Skilbeck, 23, a farm conservation adviser, has been a Young Farmers member since she was 14 and met her boyfriend Jamie at a Young Farmers party.

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"Find a dating buddy; someone who is in the same situation as you," she says.

So how do you start meeting these redneck Romeos and Juliets? It also lets you browse through member profiles or search for specific members. Country is the place to find dates who love the country lifestyle just as much as you do.

Signup is easy, and in just seconds, your mobile friendly free account lets you post your personal photos to your profile. With just a few clicks, you'll have access to our huge database of country loving guys and girls. If you'd rather find your next date at a rodeo or Faith Hill concert than at a bar, then we've got the site for you.

Traditionally, the under 26- year-olds living in the country met through their local Young Farmers club.

The nationwide body of 662 clubs hosts social events throughout the year such as parties and quizzes.

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