Medieval reenactor dies after accidentally impaling himself through the chest with his lance during a horseback stunt

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  • Peter Barclay, a 53-year-old from Virginia, accidentally impaled himself with his lance during a horseback stunt on Saturday.
  • He was competing in an equestrian game in Williamstown, Kentucky when the incident occurred.
  • He had been trying to pick a paper plate up off the ground with his lance when the metal-tipped lance flipped and stabbed him in the chest.
  • Barclay was airlifted to the hospital but died of his injuries en route.

A medieval knight reenactor died after accidentally impaling himself with his lance during a horseback stunt at a Renaissance fair over the weekend.

Peter Barclay, a 53-year-old from Virginia, was competing in an equestrian game in Williamstown, Kentucky on Saturday when he implied himself in the chest as he tried to spear a paper plate on the ground, NBC Washington reported.

John Fulton, Barclay’s brother and the president of the event holder, Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), said in a Facebook post that the metal tip of the lance hit the ground, then flipped and impaled Barclay in his sternum.

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“I’ve never had an injury on the field like this, ever, that led to something like this,” Fulton later told WLWT, calling it a “freak accident.”

Barclay was airlifted to the hospital but died of his injuries en route.

He was known as Master Terafan Greydragon within the SCA and had practiced medieval sports for more than 30 years.

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Barclay also had a distinguished career in the US Army, where he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

“Everybody that knew him is just dead stunned. His ability, skill and attention to detail is just total,” Fulton said.

The SCA said it is investigating how to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

While Barclay’s death is listed as accidental, the Hamilton County coroner’s chief administrator, Andrea Hatten, told NBC Washington that an autopsy had not yet been performed.

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