A new face at this year’s Farm Progress Show was getting a lot of attention.
Leanne Tregobov was there representing her matchmaking company, Camelot Introductions.
With the decline of the Western Producer personal ads, many rural singles looking for dates have turned to the internet. Most online dating is free, and lots of farmers have met their partners online. However, Tregobov says she’s heard many stories of single people “falling prey” to internet daters looking for hard cash and not just a nice dinner out.
With 25 years in the business, Tregobov was matchmaking before internet dating. Now, she says, she’s “unwinding the damage” that’s been done to single people’s hearts and bank accounts.
At the farm show, I suspected many single farmers might not want their neighbours to catch them lurking around this colourful booth looking for a spouse. But it might have been worth their while. “We have a man shortage right now,” Tregobov says.
Tregobov said she’s worked with a lot of farmers. “I’m dealing with successful businessmen,” she said. “They can afford the luxury of having someone hand-picked for them.”
She’ll work with male farmers 28 years old and older. “I have a 92-year-old right now,” she says. She welcomes women in their mid-20s and up. Smokers need not apply.
Tregobov charges $892.50, which includes taxes and a criminal record check. After an initial phone call, she will insist on meeting you in person — you’ll have to travel to Winnipeg or Saskatoon. For the truly serious looking for exactly the right person, Tregbov offers a “Prestige Match Process” for $10,000 plus GST. “Heartbreak costs a lot more,” she says.
Visit camelotintroductions.com or call 1-205-257-LOVE (6583) for more information.