A Virginia man was killed while performing a stunt at a medieval event in Northern Kentucky over the weekend, a local NBC News syndicate reported.
Peter Barclay, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, was performing a trick on horseback during the Society for Creative Anachronism event in Williamstown on Saturday when authorities said a “freak accident” occurred.
John Fulton, president of the SCA, told SYFY WIRE that at the event, Barclay tried to spear a paper plate on the ground. But while trying to do so, the metal tip of Barclay’s lance hit the ground, flipped and then impaled him under his sternum. Barclay was air-lifted out of the field to be flown to a hospital but died on the way. He was 53.
“This is just such a shock to all of us,” said Fulton, adding that this is the first time anyone has ever died on the field at an event hosted by the SCA.
Fulton noted that Barclay, who was known within the SCA as “Master Terafan Greydragon,” was a longtime member of the organization and had practiced medieval sports for more than 30 years.
“He was a top equestrian," said Fulton, who added that the SCA is conducting an investigation.
Barclay is survived by his wife Deborah, daughters Amy and Taryth, father Jack, and brothers John and Charles Barclay.