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Mountain View Stables & Arenas a ‘hidden gem of Dawson’
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Sarah Florense races her horse, Ellie, around a barrel in an exhibition run at Mountain View Stables and Arenas June 30. - photo by Jessica Taylor
Tucked away on Bailey Waters Road is what many consider a hidden gem in Dawson County. Sitting on the site of the old Kangaroo Conservation Center lays Mountain View Stables and Arenas, which lives up to its name, offering beautiful views of the north Georgia mountains landscape. It’s been a labor of love for Michael and Debbie Papaioanu, who saw the property as an opportunity to give something back to the community. “I think my passion is bringing something to Dawson County,” Debbie Papaioanu said. Papaioanu didn’t discover her passion for riding horses until she was 64 years old. Though her daughter, Lesli Gilbert, rode throughout her childhood and teen years, Papaioanu didn’t begin to take lessons until her mid-sixties.