Man impales self, dies during medieval horseback stunt in Northern Kentucky

A man was killed while performing a stunt at a medieval event in Northern Kentucky over the weekend.

Peter Barclay, 52, of Virginia, was performing a trick on horseback when, authorities said, a “freak accident” occurred.


It happened Saturday during the Society for Creative Anachronism event in Williamstown.

The president of the SCA, John Fulton, said Barclay was trying to spear a paper plate on the ground.

Barclay’s brother posted on Facebook that the metal tip of his brother’s lance hit the ground, flipped and then impaled him under his sternum.

We’re told Barclay was flown to a hospital, but died en route.

The SCA said Barclay was a master within the organization and had practiced medieval sports for more than 30 years.

His brother said Barclay was a retired lieutenant colonel who had had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army.

He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.