A medieval reenactor died Saturday after impaling himself on his lance in a “freak accident” throughout an equestrian demonstration in Kentucky.
Peter Barclay, 53, was a retired Military lieutenant colonel and well-known member of the Society for Inventive Anachronism, a medieval analysis and re-creation group with greater than 30,000 members worldwide.
Barclay — who participated within the society and its demonstrations below the identify Terafan Greydragon — had just lately been named the group’s Society Equestrian Marshal.
“On Saturday, October 6, a brother in arms to many people misplaced his life within the pursuit of our sport,” SCA Society Marshal Alan Gravesend stated in a press release posted to the group’s official Fb web page. “The Society Marshal is conducting an investigation to find out what may need led as much as the accident, and what particular measures must be taken to make sure that this doesn’t happen once more.”
In keeping with a Fb submit by Barclay’s brother, the reason for dying was a “freak accident” that occurred when the metal-tipped lance that his brother was holding someway flipped and impaled him below his sternum.
SCA President John Fulton instructed the Washington Publish in an interview Wednesday that the group follows a strict algorithm for all combat-related actions and that Barclay was a “consummate knowledgeable” who “knew how you can do it and do it appropriately.”
Saturday’s competitors was a timed contest the place opponents decide up their lance and spear a paper plate on the bottom, meant to indicate the contestant’s dexterity with a lance and management of their horse. Barclay, an energetic member of the society for greater than 30 years who recurrently demonstrated this talent, was utilizing a 7-foot lance weighing about 2 to three kilos.
“One thing occurred with that spear,” Fulton stated. “He misplaced management of it or it turned, hit the bottom, and as his horse was shifting, the tip of it went into him.”
“He received off the horse, took some steps, and other people seen he was bleeding,” he stated.
Barclay was airlifted, however died en path to the hospital.
In a assertion posted to Fb, Barclay’s spouse, Deborah, thanked family and friends for his or her love and help. “I do know there are questions. We’re engaged on solutions,” she wrote.