Simon Parsons, Contributing Writer

Simon Parsons

Dogs in Review Magazine

Simon Parsons always had a pedigree dog in the family and his family’s first Pembroke Corgi arrived in 1965 when he was a young school kid. The inevitable happened, his family was tempted to have a litter from her and used the local stud dog who happened to be a good one with an owner who was happy to give good advice on all aspects of breeding.

Parsons’ mother kept a male and was persuaded to show him, initially at the informal shows held with the annual village fairs in the Surrey countryside. At one show he won a first prize under famous judge Bill Siggers who told them he was judging the breed at a London championship show a few months later. So they entered, and of course didn’t win anything, but this began a lifelong interest in the show scene.

Subsequently Parsons’ family bought a bitch puppy from a top kennel and eventually they achieved their ambition of a homebred UK champion. In the meantime he was lucky enough to be offered a beautifully bred puppy by their senior breeder; he became Ch. Fitzdown Dorian of Deavitte and sired seven UK champions including a BIS winner.

Later a Cardigan bitch joined the Parsons who produced Simon’s mother’s Ch. Deavitte Moonbeam, the UK’s top Cardi in 1992.

Today Simon maintains his interest in Pembrokes in a partnership with Sarah Taylor and Diana King, using the Oregonian kennel name for the descendants of a dog and bitch they imported from that state, both out of the great Ch. Kingscote Woodbine Alibi.

Never a serious exhibitor himself, he’s owned and occasionally shown a Dachshund, a Basenji, Pekingese and Whippets, shares the house with partner Glen Dymock’s two French Bulldogs and has a special interest in Bull Terriers.

Parsons joined Dog World newspaper as a trainee sub-editor for his first serious job at age 21 and has been there ever since, serving as editor for 17 years, and is currently associate editor, responsible, in particular, for its famous Annual. With a long-standing interest in breed history encouraged by the great ladies of the Corgi breed, he’s written many articles and compiled pedigree books for several of my breeds.

Parsons’ first judging appointment came as a teenager and he has judged six breeds at Crufts. Highlights include judging at the American Pembroke National twice, 20 years apart, and other specialty appointments around the world, as well as being the only non-specialist judge to officiate at the Bull Terrier Club’s trophy show.

Parsons has enjoyed contributing British news to Dogs in Review since Bo and Paul started it, aiming to highlight both the similarities and differences between the British and American worlds of dogs. Parsons knows today we all face similar challenges wherever we are and hopes we can meet them with a united front and that our sport can someday regain the level of interest that it enjoyed at its peak in the ’80s and ’90s.

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