I would suggest putting the "helpful links" link in the sidebar because it looks out of place under the others in the menu.
You may want to try finding a picture for the top banner that is lighter, that one is harder to see and doesn't really pop when you first look at the page.
You have a nice start though, it's far more user friendly than most of websites I tend to visit especially when we're talking about breeder/training/barn sites. There's more bad than good out there. I'm a web designer and nothing pains me more than visiting a site that freezes my computer because they have so much crap on there loading, or not even being able to find the links to each page.
The most basic thing you have to do on a website is navigate it (and many fail at this) and you've got that covered. Thumbs up.