The Gaines Medal for Good Sportsmanship is an award specifically designated to honor those members whose contributions are vital to the success of any dog club.
The Gaines Medal, made of bronze and three inches in diameter, is made available by the Gaines Dog Research Center to dog groups wishing to honor a club member who competes fairly and works for the advancement of the sport and the club without regard to personal honors. Only one medal per year is available to a club, so to be honored by a club as large as the NCA is indeed an honor.
Each year the membership is solicited to recommend individuals for consideration. The Board makes the final decision based on input from the membership.
Gaines has a rule that states that a club can give the Award to a person only once. Each year we receive nominations for people who have already received the Award and therefore are not eligible to receive it again from the NCA.The Gaines sponsorship of this award was discontinued in 1998 and it was renamed the NCA Good Sportsmanship Award.