Why Not Minot (Bucking Bull)

Rodeo Livestock

Inducted 2024

Born in 1993, #311 Why Not Minot was raised by Wayne Eckroth. The Flasher, ND, cowboy has long been engaged in the life of bull riding and raising remarkable athletes.

Eckroth not only has been one of the best stock contractors, rodeo and bull riding producers for the past forty-plus years in North Dakota, his dedication towards North Dakota youth, high school, Roughrider Rodeo and NDRA athletes on both ends of the arena shines through our state. The bull caliber that Eckroth has could go perform anywhere, but Wayne Eckroth keeps it here in North Dakota, raising such superstars as “McGruff”, “Cream Puff”, “Buffalo Bill” and 4-time National Finals Rodeo bull for the Harry Vold Rodeo Company, “Why Not Minot”.

Originally named #311 Paranoid, Why Not Minot was a NDRA Finals qualifier as a 3-year-old. In 1997, he was the Roughrider Association Bull of the Year and the NDRA Co-Bull of the Year.

Harry Vold purchased #311 and renamed him “Why Not Minot”. The name originated with an idea by Ken Anderson of the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo who were looking for a way to promote Minot and North Dakota nationally. Ken Anderson approached Harry Vold who liked the idea of naming a bull “Why Not Minot”. The Minot Y’s Men, either personally or through their businesses, raised enough money in one hour to partner with Harry Vold toward the purchase of a quality bull.

Why Not Minot was bucked throughout the US and Canada. Each time he was bucked, when the announcers listed his name, Why Not Minot promoted his home state of North Dakota.

He bucked at the big rodeos, such as the Cheyenne Frontier Days, where he and rider Brian Herman, also a North Dakotan, scored 94 points for the arena record. He bucked at PBR events, where his rider often scored in the upper 80’s or lower 90’s.

Why Not Minot was an NFR qualifier in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Minot and North Dakota were in the spotlight every time the announcers mentioned his name and story on national television.

Kirsten Vold of the Harry Vold Rodeo Company said, “The toughest, most solid-every-time-he-bucked bull that I remember my dad owning was #311 Why Not Minot. He bucked all over the country, multiple times per rodeo usually, since cowboys never turned him out.”
Vold continued, “Cowboys would always be in the high 80’s if they rode him. Many did not. He wasn’t dirty, but he bucked hard every time, and you couldn’t miss a stride on him, or you would be on the ground.”

Rodeo producer, Brad Brettin, said in a Wrangler Network News story in 2020, “He was outstanding. Wayne Eckroth has raised several good bulls, but Why Not Minot was one of the best, if not the best, Wayne ever raised.”

Why Not Minot bucked for the last time October 5, 2002 at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo. His last trip was similar to many of his trips where the cowboy was dumped on the second or third jump and Why Not Minot trotted down to the other end of the arena, turned and came back halfway, stopped and looked around as if to say “How about that!”, and trotted back to the pen.

Why Not Minot passed away in 2003.