This web site was inspired by Susan Sexton and created by her children: Meg Stresen-Reuter, Stephanie Stresen-Reuter, and Ted Stresen-Reuter. It is, in many ways, the site she always wished she had but never had the time to create herself. We are maintaining it because we miss her and because we believe that as one of the field’s first professional female equine photographers, she is something special.


Susan Mary Sexton was born on October 12, 1938 to Gustav T. E. Arnold and Frances Margaret (Pitt) Arnold of Barrington, IL. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on November 11, 2009 in Cave Creek, AZ after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Susan attended the University of New Mexico and completed a B.S. in French at Ripon College in Wisconsin. While raising her 3 children, she embarked on a career in equine photography, specializing in dressage. She achieved recognition by basing her photography on the principles of the sport of dressage and her photos appeared in industry magazines for decades. She photographed most of the largest American events including the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA in 1996. She embraced technology with her usual enthusiasm and mentored novice photographers in online education, private clinics, and seminars. She continued to work throughout her illness, enjoyed traveling the world for her work and her family, and was an avid reader and bridge player.

After living in Massachusetts, Virginia, Chicago, and San Miguel de Allende Mexico, Susan “retired” to Cave Creek, AZ. She is survived by her children Margaret Susan Stresen-Reuter and Stephanie Stresen-Reuter of Cave Creek, AZ; and Gustave Theodore Stresen-Reuter, his wife Lola Ramirez Araña, and their children Lucas and Julia of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; her brother Peter Arnold (wife Ruth) of Cheyenne, WY; her sister Judy Arnold Hernandez (husband David) of San Miguel de Allende Mexico; and her niece Erin (husband Sam) Barkley, and nephews Grady Arnold, Philip Blum, Adam Blum (late), and Jason Blum. In remembrance, please visit susanthephotographer.com for links to donate and to view the online memorial.