In his own riding career, Soenke Lauterbach competed in Jumping competitions up to 1.20 m and Dressage competitions up to Intermediate I. During his time as a Young Rider, he participated in the Westphalian Championships. He chaired the local students’ riding group at Bielefeld who organised the German University Championships in 1995.
He left university in 1998 after having passed the first German State examination in law and started a trainee program for young executives at the German Equestrian Federation (FN). In 2001, he became head of the FN’s service department, a position that also comprised being show director of the German Young Horse Championships “Bundeschampionate”.
After the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen where he was part of the organising team, Soenke Lauterbach went abroad and worked as Manager, Equestrian Affairs, for the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Secretary General of the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation for two years. During that time, he was to a great deal involved in the preparation and smooth running of the Equestrian Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008.
On 1stJanuary 2009 he returned to Germany and took over the post of Secretary General and CEO of the German Equestrian Federation. In the same year he was appointed member of the advisory board of the world equestrian fair Equitana.
Already in his second year as NF Secretary General, he chaired the Clean Sport Working Group of the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) in 2010. Since 2013, he has chaired the EEF Working Group Strategic Planning and Marketing. In 2018, he was elected Member and Deputy Chair of the EEF Board. He also deputises Armagan Özgörkey on the FEI Board (2018 to 2021).
Since 2010, he has a seat in the agricultural board of advisors of R+V insurances.
In 2011, he became member of the speakers‘ group of Secretaries General of the German Olympic Sports Confederations DOSB. In 2014, he joined the DOSB Führungsakademie (a staff college) as board member.
Soenke Lauterbach passed his Judging Exam in 2003 which qualified him to officiate in national Dressage and Jumping competitions up to class L level. Being an FEI Steward in Dressage, Jumping, Eventing and Driving, he was Steward in international events a couple of times. He contributed to the final report of the FEI Working Group on Officials presented in 2018.