IT WAS a family affair at the Rockhampton PBR for the Hotz family who travelled from Theodore to see the action in the big arena over the weekend.

And he wasn't the only one who wanted an action-packed night with around 2000 people turning up to Saturday night's showdown at Browne Park.

Long-time bull and bronco rider Andrew Hotz brought his children in for the ride to get up close and personal with the bulls in the arena, only sitting metres away from the action.

It was a night his nine-year-old son Mason won't be forgetting quickly with the dream of being a professional bull rider himself one day.

Andrew said the Rockhampton PBR was an event he didn't want to miss.

"We didn't come last year so this was our first Rocky PBR and it was a great night out," he said.

"The venue was great with all of the seating and it was really entertaining to see the guys get out in the ring.

"I've grown up in this sort of environment being a bull and bronc rider for about 10 years but it's good to see the kids so into it too. They don't ride any bulls yet but they love riding the poddy's."

Mason said he started riding poddy claves and sheep when he was five.

"I want to be a bull rider when I grow up," he said.

"My favourite thing to do is watch bull riding and ride poddy's. I also do mutton busting.

"I started sheep riding at the Taroom rodeo but one day I'll be big enough to ride bulls."



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