Sadly, on Friday October 13, 2006, Boris Teron, longtime CFA judge and exhibitor, passed away in the hospital, following complications from an open heart surgery.
Boris Teron had long been a well-known figure in CFA, first as an exhibitor in the 1960's and then as a judge since 1970.
Boris, with his long-time partner, Larry Keely, bred and showed cats under the cattery name "Nevah-Tep". Their primary focus was with the Himalayan, although they also bred Siamese, Persians, and Abyssinians at one time.
Nevah-Tep is Pet Haven, spelled backwards.
As a breeder and exhibitor of Himalayans, Boris was a true pioneer in the early history of the breed.
In 1964, Boris & Larry purchased a wonderful blue point male from Chestermere cattery in Canada - GC Chestermere Kinuba of Nevah-Tep.
In 1962, Kinuba was the first Himalayan to ever win a Best Cat at an Allbreed CFA show when he earned the top slot at the Salt Lake City show.
Under Boris & Larry's campaigning, Kinuba again made breed history when he became CFA's first ever Himalayan Grand Champion in 1966.
With that win, he also became the first Himalayan to become a Grand Champion in 4 separate associations - CFA, ACFA, CFF, and ACA.
Kinuba continued to be shown, and was the top Himalayan in the country in both 1966, and 1967. He retired from the show ring in 1968, and sadly passed away in 1969.
Another history-making cat came from the Nevah-Tep breeding program, and was a descendant from Kinuba on both sides of the pedigree.
The wonderful seal point female, GC, BW, NW Nevah-Tep's Vogue, was Best of Breed in both the 1971-72 and 1974-75 show seasons.
She was also 17th Best Cat nationally in 1974-75, only the second Himalayan ever to make a National Win, and the first female to do so.
Nevah-Tep cats were also influential in many of the breeding programs of the time, and the Himalayans certainly owe much to Boris.
Boris was a true gentleman, with a wonderful sense of humor, and a unwavering love for the cats. No doubt he is up in heaven now, reunited with his wonderful Himalayans who preceded him...
~ Boris Teron ~
- CFA judge since 1970
- Past secretary, CFA Himalayan Breed Council
- Past president, International Himalayan Society
- Co-founder of Windy City and Jolly Rogers Cat Clubs
- Conducted first clerking and grooming schools in the Midwest Region
May You Rest in Peace Old Friend