He was a member of the Hanover Cavalry School and completed his first international competitions already in the 1920s, including 1928 at the IX. Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Otherwise, he achieved remarkable achievements in the German championships. At the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, he won on " Pheasant " with the German team together with Ludwig Stubbendorff to " Nurmi " and Konrad von Wangenheim to " Kurfürstendamm " the gold medal in eventing.
During World War II he served in October 1941 as a colonel and commander of Panzer Regiment 51, when he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. As a major general and commander of the 5th Panzer Division he was involved in fighting retreat at Bielefeld, where he fell in March 1945.