Welcome To Desert Acres Stables!

We are a training and boarding facility located in Cocoa, Florida. Desert Acres Stables is owned and operated by Donna Hakanson and Andy Thompson. Check out our page on NewHorse.com!

We have a first class, Girl Scout approved, thirteen-stall barn with lights, plus a round pen, dressage field, cross-country fences, stadium jump course and barrel racing, all situated on seven acres of grass pastures plus trails galore! We offer riding lessons in dressage, jumping and western. Training clinics which specialize in the John Lyons and Pat Parelli methods are also available. Yearly Summer, Winter, and Spring Camps are available for ages 8 and up. Mini Riding Camps are also offered at various times throughout the year.

Our professional trainer, Donna Hakanson, is a local resident who has lived here for many years. Donna has trained numerous champion horses and riders in both USEF rated and local shows. Our goal is to promote and provide quality instruction, exceptional horses, and consistent training through clinics, private, and group lessons.


Effective October 1st, 2009, Nicole’s Law requires any child under the age of 16 years and riding an equine on any public lands, roads, or trails to wear a certified helmet. A parent or guardian of a child under 16 years of age may not authorize or knowingly permit a child to ride without a helmet.


Dear Desert Acres Stables,
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful experience which you provided my girlfriend and I on our vacation. Words can only begin to capture our sheer joy from spending the day with you and the horses. From the breath-taking trails to the friendly and accommodating staff, our time spent at Desert Acres was phenomenal. As beginners, your knowledge and assistance made us feel as though we were seasoned riders.
Memories last a lifetime and the memories that we created at your stables will never be forgotten!!!
Shawn & Erin, 5-23-2011