Muddy Matches is an online community designed to bring together rural lonely hearts (see below)."The downside of hunt balls and race meets is they can be cliquey," Lucy says."When they ask me why I'm single, I never know how to respond," she says. Here in the country people wonder what's wrong with you.But I'd rather be on my own than with someone who isn't quite right."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.
"The internet has opened up a fun and less embarrassing way for people to meet new people in their area." Young country dwellers also organise their social lives on Facebook. I tell as many people as possible about the website now." But the internet can't solve the problem of geography."The fuel bills are horrendous sometimes but at least you can get easily from door-to-door," she says."In London, it's so stressful; trains get delayed and if you drive, you can't park. Driving to parties in the country became one of my best pulling techniques; everyone wants a lift home." But what's the point of falling in love with someone who lives miles away from your house?Tickets for the event cost from £60 and there will be a live band, three-course meal and casino.Traditionally, the under 26- year-olds living in the country met through their local Young Farmers club.