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Sheepdog trainer, 58, gets prospective dates to herd her flock into a pen to narrow down options

A sheepdog trainer has come up with an ingenious way to narrow down her options for finding love – by getting prospective dates to herd sheep into a pen using her dog.

Katy, 58, who has been single for more than 10 years, appeared on last night’s Love In The Countryside on BBC2, which showed her inviting three men to her farm in Cumbria in bleak weather for the challenge. 

Her prospective dates included painter and decorator John, ex-motorbike champion David and ex-professional footballer Carl, 74, from Bolton.

Katy, who has been married four times, previously revealed she’s nervous to date again – and prefers dogs over men because ‘ it’s easier to train them’.

And fans of the show, which tries to find love for rural singletons who find it hard to meet people in remote areas, were delighted by Katy’s unusual dating technique and ‘wonderful attitude’ on the programme. 

Sheepdog trainer Katy tried to narrow down her options by getting her prospective dates by getting them to herd sheeps into a pen

Katy, 58, invited them to her home in Cumbria for a weekend away to see how she lives

Her first option painter and decorator John, from Newcastle, didn’t manage to get a single sheep in the pen

Up first was John, from Newcastle, who didn’t manage to herd a single sheep, and as he stood next to an empty pen looking crestfallen as Katy shouted, ‘maybe you should stick to your day job!’

He made a cross sign and laughed before handing over to the other two men. 

‘Being from the city it’s obviously a different sorta, a different kind of scale altogether,’ he said.

‘It’s really remote but I like to think that I could adjust to that sort of lifestyle.’

John, 53, from East Sussex, however, had more luck after gently herding two out of three sheep into the pen.

Her second suitor ex-motorbike champion David, 53, from Sussex managed to get two out of three of the sheep into the pen

And ex-professional footballer Carl, 74, from Bolton, managed to get all three sheep away

Carl, 74, from Bolton, also had more luck and managed to get all three sheep into the pen – but only after calling them ‘b*******’.

Speaking about how the competition went, Katy, said: ‘I love Carl he’s my type of person, He’s straight, he’s honest, he’s himself.

‘I can’t really get my head round that they’ve come to see me, with the thought of maybe having a relationship with me.’

Kate was a hit online, with viewers taking to Twitter to rave about her ‘wonderful attitude’ on the programme. 

Reaction: Viewers took to Twitter to rave about Katy’s ‘wonderful attitude’ on the programme

One said: ‘Hope Katy finds what she’s looking for, such a great woman with a wonderful attitude.’

Another added: ‘Just watching the lovely Cumbrians Katy Cropper and David Bushby on #loveinthecountryside… Katy is amazing.’

During their stay at the farm, Katy also asked them to take part in the daily chores which include cleaning out the kennels, re-building the walls and feeding the sheep.

After the weekend of challenges, she then decided to see David again, while remaining friends with John and Carl. 

The three men (From left to right David, John and Carl) standing on the slope in Cumbria before taking part in the sheep herding competition

Painter and decorator John, from Newcastle, was the only date to arrive wearing a suit and holding a bunch of flowers

Her 16-year-old daughter, Henrietta, also said that her mother may ‘put on a front’ and appear ‘really confident’. 

The programme also followed gay dairy farmer David, 35, in Cumbria who went speed dating with six men and farmer Grace, 23, on a date with hobby farmer Mike.

Love In The Countryside airs Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC Two 


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