Bill and Maria Smith, along with Maria’s family, the Coronas, founded Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds on February 1, 1991. While Bill and Maria (then Corona) were dating in the mid 80”s, Bill attended great Mexican Rodeos called Charriadas at her family’s rustic rodeo grounds, Lienzo Charro Herradero.
After long stints in Food and Beverage at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and the Plaza Hotel in NYC, the Smith’s, now married, returned to Arizona in 1990. The following year, they founded Corona Ranch using Maria’s maiden name.
In their first year of operation, the two booked a grand total of four groups. In their best year, 2007, they booked 107 groups.