by Louis Donald, GSDCA Specialist Judge and Breed Surveyor
In the September 1988 Review an article was printed which was written by myself. The article was an extraction from a lecture given by myself to the Judges Seminar prior to the First Main Breed Show.
A concern I had in printing the article was that due to its technical nature, and unlike the Seminar where I could verbally explain the finer and more complex points, the article may be difficult for many to follow.
Indeed, this has been the case. A large number of enthusiasts have contacted me asking for explanations on various aspects of that article. This follow-up is an attempt by me to satisfy those enquiries.
The interest shown was most encouraging as too often one wonders if anyone really reads some of the material we print.
In my article I used various sketches to explain various points. There appears to have been confusion, primarily in the interpretation of these sketches, and so I shall attempt to clarify this.
The whole basis of my article and lecture was to explain the fundamentals of the forehand and the extract emphasised the impact of the upper arm on movement. We start, therefore, with the basis of my single line sketches. They are used to demonstrate the angle and the length of the shoulderblade and the upper arm and how, as these angles and lengths change, they affect the forereach.
This clearly shows the technical artwork that I will use. One can see a line that travels through the centre of the shoulderblade and intersects with the upper arm. A line then travels from this intersection through the upper arm until it intersects with the forearm.
A point of importance here is to note the line through the upper arm does not follow the centre of the main bone as it does in the shoulderblade which is merely coincidental.