"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.
"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.
By joining popular horsey dating website Muddy Matches, you can find single equestrians from across the UK and Ireland, who share your passion for equines and understand that your horse will always come first! If you’re looking for ideas for horse riding dates, you could head to our Country Calendar to find details of events in your area, including listings of every point-to-point in the UK.
However, don’t be put off by the idea of coming second to a horse. Take a look at the horsey singles above to find single equestrians in your area.
Professional Matchmakers work with you to determine the exact type of man or woman that would be best for you, and then do their best to find that person and introduce you two. By getting you into an amazing relationship with your best friend and love of your life! What part of your life isn’t improved by the company of the right person?