Lucy and her sister, fearing it was unethical to join their own site but eager for a success story of their own, eventually signed up to a rival, and are consequently both in long-term relationships.
“Hopefully he’ll do sport – cricket or shooting – but most importantly he has to love animals,” she says.
She has already exchanged messages with a couple of “cute” guys and is looking forward to test-driving the Get Muddy app at the Country Life Fair.
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.
Fiona Eastman, who is organising the Country Life Fair at Fulham Palace, is convinced that the Get Muddy dating app will break the ice between singles at the event.
Lindsay tried networking the traditional country way – attending rural events such as the Sheep Dog Trials at Northleach in Gloucestershire, but she struggled to persuade her London friends to accompany her, and when she did, the group never met anyone new.
“It’s nerve-racking, socialising with people you don’t know,” 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.It will also be available to use at a number of select countryside events across the UK and Ireland. Read: The 20 most useful dating websites Telegraph Dating - Join now for free The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.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.Internet dating has moved on since the early Noughties, when singles exchanged lengthy emails before arranging to meet in person.“Our users are nice, normal people with similar interests,” says Lucy. ” The site is designed to cope with painfully slow broadband speeds found in some rural areas and the fact that a proportion of members are still using dial-up internet connections, but it is also now fully responsive, as 50 per cent of Muddy Matches traffic is via mobile phone and tablets.