About Debbie Phillips


  • Born in Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Graduated from Spring Woods High School in Houston, Texas
  • Attended college at The University of Texas, Texas A&M and University of Houston
  • Accomplished horse trainer, rider and teacher
  • 1984 – Top Ten National Cutting Horse Competitor, making the finals at every major NCHA Non Pro event over twenty (20) years
  • Professional Cutting Horse Trainer for six (6) years
  • Two (2) time Cancer survivor
  • Married Bum Phillips in 1990 and turned all of her vivacious energy to the NFL world and Bum’s success as an NFL analyst
  • Debbie currently lives in Goliad, Texas on the horse and cattle ranch where she and Bum lived for the last twenty (20) years
  • She is a Mentor and Mother figure to young girls starting out in the horse world
  • She is a tireless philanthropist, currently working on the legacy of the Bum Phillips Charities, which they started together in 2010 and continues to supports and develop Christian Ministries all over Texas
  • The two (2) Ministries currently selected for the underserved clients of our Christian Community are as follows:
    • Mike Barber Prison Ministries – A ministry serving the incarcerated, who need a loving hand and Christian guidance to find their way home
    • Coach’s Outreach – Formed to support and train Coaches in God’s Word. (Every high school Coach will influence approximately 20,000 students throughout their coaching careers)
  • Bum Phillips Charities is operated on love, kindness and compassion. There is no paid staff. All donations are welcome and will go towards the building of the camp and implementation of the programs