Sidney Noel Bottom, better known as Noel Bottom, was born in Cooma on 5 December 1926 and died on 6 March 1986 at the age of 59.
Noel was a rough-rider excelling in all facets of the sport and was recognised as one of the gamest men ever to throw his leg over a horse. While his preferred aspect of the sport was open horse buck-jumping he also excelled at bareback, calf roping and bull dogging.
Noel won his first Australian Buck-jumping Championship at the Cooma Showgrounds on Australia Day in 1946.
Noel rode in all events authorised by the Australian Rough-riders Association and was All-Round Australian Champion in years 1949, 1950 and 1952. The Championship was based on the most points scored in all events over the calendar year and not just on one days ride.
Noel was made a life member by Hoof and Horns and used to contribute stories to that magazine on a frequent basis.
In the years following his retirement from actual riding he was a renowned judge of the sport and travelled widely to the many events.