All that evoked a feeling and image that can't be portrayed in a regular conversation." When they did finally connect by phone, they talked for hours, "as if we'd been friends for a long time," says Connie.
They also planned a day to meet in person a week later.
They're part of the increasing specialization of the Internet matchmaking business, which now generates roughly a billion dollars in revenue in the U. Founded in 2001, the Texas-based Web site boasts over 10,000 marriages and success stories around the globe, according to founder Marcia Zwilling. "I was nervous about putting myself out there for strangers to see," she explains.
Do they enable horse people to find real love-with a soulmate who shares their enthusiasm for country living and all things equine?
She helped us locate five couples willing to tell us how they went about finding their horsey sig-o through cyber dating. Connie and Han: Best First Date Ever Connie Schuh of Fort Collins, Colorado, had just lost her childhood horse to old age when she decided to try online dating. "I wasn't sure how I was going to get to know someone well enough via e-mails to feel comfortable meeting him in person." A month later, she connected with A. "Han" Smith, owner and general manager of the Rusty Spurr guest ranch in Kremming, Colorado.
The two corresponded by e-mail for three weeks before speaking on the phone.