We have watched Abu Huzaifah, but more commonly known as Adik, grow up from a young shy boy to a confident, happy teenager. It was unreal when Gavin received the text that Adik had drowned. Adik was involved in a tragic boat accident and although a strong swimmer, he hit his head when he was flung out of the boat, lost consciousness and drowned.
When we visited Langkawi, Adik was normally the first one to come up and shake hands. Gavin called him the Jockey and had earmarked him to go to Australia, if Adik ever wanted to become a jockey. His slight build and fearlessness made him an ideal candidate.
We would remember the times when the boys (Hamzah, Abang – Adik’s twin, Ziyad, Pak Chi, Hamzah and Gav.. okay, maybe some in this group would be classified as older boys) would gallop wildly along the beach, playing games of catch me if you can, grab the handkerchief, lean down and grab that stick… always in perfect control and balance.
His affinity and bond with his horses was evident from the start. I will always remember this great photo of Adik cuddling up to the first foal ever to be born in Langkawi.
There was one incident where it did go slightly pear shaped when Adik stood up on one of the horses, something he had done many times before, but this time, the horse objected and bucked. Adik ended up with a fractured arm, but was back riding in no time.
Although Ziyad was probably the more prominent endurance rider, Adik had his fair share of successes on the endurance circuit. The Hamzah boys and girl (Kakak) really worked as a team and supported each other. When one rode, the others would groom and crew. At training, there was always one of the siblings waiting for the rider to finish, ready with water for both the rider and horse. It was always a team effort.
We have not only lost a talented horseman that was an asset to the industry, but we have also lost a friend. I know Adik will be sorely missed, not only by his family but also by his friends and peers.
Adik will always be remembered with great fondness, as a happy, helpful and talented person that was taken too early.
It is hard to imagine that Adik is gone but his memories remain and gosh, they are good memories! Rest in peace.