People often ask why Charlotte Martin hasn't got a boyfriend.She's an attractive 31-year-old from Hungerford in Berkshire with a successful career as a three-day event rider and a busy social diary."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.My friends say that I'll meet someone when I least expect it and I guess I just have to believe them.
"It was very refreshing to be sat next to two people I didn't know," Charlotte says.
About 500 single New Zealanders are already members of the Farmers Match dating service which has only been going since March.
Founder Derek Ma said the app could bring together single people with a love of the country.
"It is the first global farming dating app and there are nearly equal numbers of females and males on the app," said Silicon Valley-based Ma, in California READ MORE: * Tinder is so last year - this is what dating will look like in 2017 * Ex-Bach Jordan Mauger claims the days of dating apps are over * Meet the Fieldays Rural Bachelor finalists for 2016In less than a year the service had gained more than 316,000 members and led to over one million matches.
Ma said members came from all over the world, including Down Under."In New Zealand we have 290 females and 185 males, and in Australia, 4216 females and 1182 males."Ma had been working for a niche dating service for more than six years and his rural background drove him to help single people find a rural connection."At heart, I am a country guy.
Best of all, it's easy to use."When you live in a rural area, meeting people can be a challenge.